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Loaves and Fishes (or Guineas and Ducks)

May 1st, 2014

I’ve been keeping a keen eye on the guinea fowl trying to figure out where they’re laying their eggs.  They don’t like to lay in the coop, preferring to find a secluded spot in the brush somewhere, generally somewhere completely inconvenient and perfect for predators to get them.
guineas
I had a chicken that was laying eggs in a pile of pine boughs that came down during the big ice storm this past winter.  Two days ago I found 2 guinea eggs in the nest.  The next day there were 9 guinea eggs in the nest, yesterday there were 18 eggs in the nest. We also had a hen that hatched out 15 keets that we brooded ourselves, these are members of our current flock.  With 7-9 guinea hens laying eggs, this nest will fill up very quickly.  I’ll collect some of the eggs but leave most of them hoping to have them sit on this nest which I can keep an eye on. Guinea eggs are delicious, the yolks are very big so I’ll probable use them to make custard or ice cream.
guinea eggs (1)
Last fall we had a guinea hatch out a few keets, though none of them made it. Guineas are notoriously bad mothers. I’m planning on letting nature take it’s course with these, though I have lots of people interested in purchasing keets so I might try to steal some to sell. I also have four muscovy hens sitting on nests right now. These birds are multiplying to Biblical proportions – never a dull moment around here!

What’s the craziest kind of egg you have eaten?

Guinea Eggs

May 4th, 2013

When I got my new guineas, we also picked up two for our neighbor.  A few days later, she mentioned that they had found a guinea egg in their coop.  I headed out and checked in the guinea room, sure enough, there were a few eggs.
guinea eggs 1
They’re tiny, about half the size of chicken eggs. We’ve been finding two or three every day since.
guinea eggs 2
I’ve never met an egg I didn’t like and guinea eggs are no different. I’m wondering if they’d hatch a clutch if I left the eggs in the coop. They’re not laying them in one dedicated area yet, so maybe I’ll set up a little nesting area to see if they’ll hatch a few.

Have you ever tried eggs other than the ones from a chicken?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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