My Little Chickadee!

Guinea Fowl Chick

Guinea Fowl Chick

Guinea Fowl are notoriously bad parents. This little chick was wandering round my garden with other family members, completely oblivious to the fact that dogs live here.

Guinea Fowl 2

Guinea Fowl 2

You’ll often see families of 12 or more chicks with a few adults roaming round the neighbourhood.

Guinea Fowl 3

Guinea Fowl 3

Next time you see them, there will be fewer chicks, until finally there is only one left, that might make it to adulthood.

Guinea Fowl 4

Guinea Fowl 4

Guinea Fowl are protected. You are not allowed to kill them for supper, even if they do look and act like funny chickens. But however many chicks die, enough grow up so that Guinea Fowl have proliferated, and become a complete nuisance around the neighbourhood in a very short time.

You can listen to the annoying sound they make here Male Guinea Fowl Sounds

 

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33 thoughts on “My Little Chickadee!

  1. mistermuse

    When I saw the title, I thought this was going to be a post about the classic W. C. Fields/Mae West film MY LITTLE CHICKADEE.,,,but I’m not disappointed, The film was funnier, but your post is a lot cuter.

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  2. ady

    Even the dog ran away !!!! And these fowls shout just to be louder than others to impress lady fowls !!! Weird looking birds as grown up ,I thought Mom will crush the babies in pic 3 ! but the chicks are adorable πŸ˜€

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  3. faburlifekhloe

    Awesome post Sci! πŸ™‚ This is absolutely eye-opening to me. I didn’t know what Guinea Fowl is and how it looks like until this post. It’s very interesting to see these unique creatures from SA πŸ˜‰

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  4. Garfield Hug

    Aaah so SA is kinda like New Zealand whereby my sister told me that ducks of the native land are protected species. No matter how yummy they look as roast duck, it is against the law to kill it or eat it. But I was told they mess up her garden and porch.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Yes, mostly dogs seem to ignore them!
      As to the annoying sound, picture it at 4 a.m., as rival “gangs” perch on top of your roof and your neighbour’s roof, and have loud cackle contests!

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