To use a very effective,
organic means for bug control,
you need to look no further than guinea fowl. These endearingly beautiful and
entertaining birds are consummate bug eaters and gobble up bugs and weed seeds with
nearly every step they take. Owners with property heavily infested with ticks,
which can cause Lyme's disease in humans, typically notice a marked decline after
owning guineas. The guineas also munch a variety of nuisance insects, including
mosquitoes, crickets, grasshoppers, chiggers, aphids, Japanese Beetles, and even
Guineas have historically been known as the farmers ""watchdog"",
since their distinctive ""singing"" will alert their owners to any changes
in their environment. At the first sign of a wild-life predator, or even an
unfamiliar human visitor, you will surely be warned! Guineas are a plus to
fruit growers as they will protect cherry trees and strawberry patches from
marauding robins and other birds.
For your garden, guinea guano is high in nitrates making it an excellent
free fertilizer. For those who enjoy home cooked omelets guinea eggs can be eaten,
just like chicken eggs. Guinea fowl are truly beautiful and the unusual feathers
come in a variety of colors. The feathers are coveted for decorative accents in
crafts, such as dream-catchers and fly fishing lures.
But as with most animals, the sheer joy of watching them play and interact with
each other, is heartwarming and very relaxing to the human spirit.
Colors: Pearl, Pied, Buff Dundotte, Royal Purple,
Coral Blue, White, Lavender, Slate, Violet, Blonde, Cinnamon, & Opaline