Guinea Hens Stories

guinea hen

Photo from: anopinionatedpalate

I don’t know much about Guinea fowl, but because my neighbor raises them we have been introduced. I found one on my roof last summer that escaped an early morning coyote attack next door.

It was big, LOUD, and I had no idea what it was… I woke my husband up and informed him there was a turkey on the feed shed roof. lol.

The scared guinea hen didn’t leave for a week, giving me plenty of time to identify this odd looking creature on Google. She joined my flock of hens and every night at dusk I found her up on the fence near the chicken coop.

On trash day,  I was moving my cans curbside when I saw an elderly couple walking down the road. Both used a cane and the woman was shaking a can of grain while making the weirdest noise I’ve ever heard.

Ah… “Are you looking for a guinea hen by chance?” I asked. The old woman’s eyes lit up, she told me her entire flock was wiped out by a coyote attack, except my new flock member who she saw escape over the fence. She also informed me that although her flock of guineas lost their life, they managed to kill that coyote first… that’s pretty impressive!

The old woman was confident that in another few days the guinea hen would come home on her own. That was fine by me, after learning this prehistoric looking creature was capable of killing a coyote, I was quite happy to leave her be. Sure enough, my turkey guinea friend returned to her own coop a week or so later when she felt it was safe.

Well, that’s my guinea story, here’s another from anopinionatedpalate who writes about the important role of her Guinea Hens.


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8 Responses to Guinea Hens Stories

  1. Bassa's Blog says:

    Guinea fowl are such attractive birds. I’m pleased to hear that this one survived.

  2. Rita A. says:

    Wow. What an interesting story. I used to see them all the time at the feed store. I wonder if they were there as alarms.

  3. Littlesundog says:

    I have friends who have guinea’s. They call them “Weechoos”. I think I’d like to have a few around, just as alarmists for when we have predators on the place. Killing a coyote is indeed, impressive!!

    • tbnranch says:

      I don’t know how many guineas it took to take on a coyote, but it sounded like the woman had many. Now they built a large enclosure for the birds.

  4. bulldog says:

    They are profuse in the wild here by us… with their odd noises and calls one can often know where your predators are in the bush… wonderful bird actually…

  5. shadowlilies says:

    Great story! So it sounds like guinea hens might be a solution for a lot of things. They ARE really loud though. My family is really getting tired of just hearing the rooster crow. Can’t imagine what they would think of the guinea noise.

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