Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I installed the new security system today. Guineas. Betsy gave me six.
If you aren't familiar with these birds, they are sort of prehistoric looking. They are from Africa. They are known for a number of things. They lay lovely spotted eggs that make great French toast. They have loud raucous cries that can be heard over long distances--they make these when anything in the slightest bit new appears in their vicinity. They will clear your entire farm of ticks. If you have pheasant in a restaurant, you are most likely eating one of these--they are all dark meat. Their young are called "keets". Unlike many domestic fowl, they do fly.
The other thing they are known for is their monumental stupidity.
These guys will be caged up here for six weeks since it takes that long for them to register a place as "home".
Max is so wildly happy about them that he's had to be tied up. He is already imagining lots of fun games to play with them.
Bebe Goat and I went to Betsy's for his "tutoring" with her burdizzo. She disbudded him for me too. He's pretty pissed but at this age he won't remember anything by tomorrow. Like most Nubians, he's pretty whiny so it's taking him a bit to get over it.
He now has a name. It is "Yang", for the perfectly formed Yang symbol on his forehead--his only white marking.