Monday, May 18, 2009

Getting to Know our Neighbors

As you know I was thrilled to find out our neighbors have Guinea Fowl and every time I drive up the road I have a smile on my face when I see those silly birds roaming the area. Morgan was also thrilled to find out that there was a girl close to her age, Alex, who rides the bus with her as well. They hit it off right away!
Friday evening we went up the road and Brenda and Mike, Alex's grandparent's, invited us over to have a stroll in their beautiful yard.
They have many guinea fowl that are paired up and laying eggs. Rather than leaving them to the wilds they got an incubator and have nearly 100 eggs warming to hatch! They have the biggest ducks I've ever seen,and this beautiful male Peacock struttin his stuff!!! Morgan and I were invited in the pen to get nice pictures. The oldest male was just spectacular,and this female, a beauty,but my heart still belongs to the guineas.

Oh and I won't forget Miss Prissy who no one can hold a candle too. She is just the sweetest Collie dog around!

15 comments:

dog trot farm said...

Oh it is so nice to see Guinea fowl again, I miss the adventures of Buddy and his pals. Get the brooder ready, maybe a peacock or two this time. Love the eyes on Miss Prissy.

Kerry Hawkins said...

That is so cool. I love your guinea fowl photos and stories

Maria said...

I'd love to have some Guineas, but have a bull headed bull dog. He chases squirrels and the deer (which bugs me) but has never caught anything so don't know if it's just the chase that he loves. He lives with cats, no problem. Question I'm getting to is do you think I could ever get him to leave the Guinea alone like the cats or is it a bad situation to put a Guinea in or are they able to hold their own with the dog?

Mary said...

What a beautiful collie with such a sweet face! How perfect for you to have neighbors with all of these lovely birds. 100 eggs? Hmmm...surely a couple might come to live at your house. Morgan, the guinea whisperer, can lure them home. Glad she found a friend so quickly!

Eve said...

Thanks Julie,
I knew you would love Prissy. She has such a sweet disposition. A lovely dog.

Hi Kerry,
I'm so glad you enjoy these posts!

Maria,
If I can train my Elkhound Ole to be good around these guys it can be done by any dog I'm sure. It just takes perseverance. I used some of the "dog whisperer’s" ideas. I had to make him lay down completely and let the guineas wander around him, and just really had to be a part of the daily training. He really wanted to eat them. The guineas are tough birds and they will hold their own once they are big...and they can fly. But I would say, yes, it can be done!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Wow! What great neighbors! I really like guineas as well- they make great "watchdogs" and eat lots of bugs.

Jenny said...

Hi Evie, glad you got to meet the Guinea neighbours at last...and met a whole lot more by the looks of it. What a fab place! Did Miss Prissy get to meet Daisy Lou and Ole? Yes, I agree with Mary, some of those 100 eggs need to emigrate along the road when they've hatched! (-:

Shellmo said...

Eve, so glad to hear you have nice neighbors! And it must be fate that they have guineas....
You were definitely meant to live there!

Carolynn said...

I see guinea fowl in your future....

What wonderful neighbours you have. And the people sound pretty nice too. ;o)

Isn't amazing what beauty nature will create in just one bird? Striking.

I have to say though, I fell pretty hard for Miss Prissy and her sweet eyes.

Denise said...

Lovely that you have such nice neighbors; nice neighbors with guineas, ducks, peacocks and a pretty collie? What more could one ask for? Are you going to be adopting any of their guineas when they hatch Eve?

Roy said...

Hi Evie, its good to hear you are settling in and getting to know neighbours and looking around. Miss Prissy, well should be renamed Miss Pretty.

Carla said...

Oh, I love your critter pics! Miss Prissy looks like an angel.

Tina said...

Eve,
How nice for those neighbors!! Yea!! some little guineas to help bring back that smile. It is wonderful to read your posts and hear how your new homie is such a super place and with super neighbors..so glad you are relaxing a little and enjoying your new home!!
...who could resist those collie eyes!! Great pic!!

Leedra said...

My favorite childhood pet(s) were a pair of collie dogs. They had 13 puppies.

Glad you got to meet the guineas. The peacock photos are awesome.

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The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Wow! I love this, Eve! What nice neighbors. Miss Prissy has the most beautiful face in the world. What a love. She looks like my mom's dog, Dakota, who she's going to have to find a home for. If you know anyone who would like a sheltie boy lemme know.