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The Dudley Farm Guinea Hens

A pair of guinea hens with mirror in snow
Photo by Janet Dudley.

Interestingly, Guinea fowl like to look at themselves and the pair at the farm is no exception. They love seeing their reflection in the mirror placed at ground level in their run. Guinea fowl are mentioned in several early farm publications including The American Poultry Yard (1849), The New Book of Poultry (1905) and The Cyclopedia of American Agriculture (1909). Early literature suggests that they were more widely valued as insect eaters than for meat or egg production. When allowed free range Guinea fowl will walk through flower beds and pick off bugs, particularly ticks and Japanese beetles, without harming the plants. E. Davenport notes in Domesticated Animals and Plants (1910) that they were rarely kept in numbers but a few are often found with other poultry to scare off hawks. Ours are the farm yard watchdogs and sound the alarm whenever anything unusual happens.

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Pen and Ink Illustration by Doug Williamson.

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