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Any Fowl people out there? I have questions. Any Fowl people out there? I have questions.

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Unread 05-03-2004, 07:31 AM
Any Fowl people out there? I have questions.

I have a hobby fiber farm - 5 angora goats, 2 alpacas and 2 LGDs (Great Pyrenees). My DH and I have been thinking about getting some kind of poultry to deal with the bug issue. We live in the mountains with a short summer - 3 months maybe - and are wondering what kind of poultry or fowl might live in this environment?

My farm yard is fenced in with a 6 foot high wood and kennel fence about the square footage of 1/2 football field.

I've read that guinea fowl are good for the yard.

Can anyone suggest a bird, tell me what to watch out for, what kind of care (shots, etc) is needed and any other helpful not well known information?

Thanks!
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Unread 05-03-2004, 10:50 PM
Any Fowl people out there? I have questions.

Guinea hens are notorius for eating bugs, especially ticks.
You might be better attracting birds to the area. Birds are a great way to lower the bug population. We have chickens and 2 ducks..(and maybe baby ducks in a few weeks.. mamma duck has been faithfully sitting on 4 fertilized eggs). They eat bugs off the ground, and seem to keep their area free of ticks and such.
They arent hard to take care of,and with a snug house, they can weather the winters. Our hens werent used to the cold we were blasted with this past winter. Roosters got frostbite on their combs(which turned black and fell off)But other than that, they fared well.
Predators are also a problem.. If there is any way in the pen, raccoons , fox, possums will find it. We lost 8 chickens in one raccoon massacre. 4 more got snatched by a fox.
But they are relatively care free.. need no shots or anything.The biggest thing is injury- but the only injuries so far have been attacks, and a duck that escaped thru a hole in the wire fence,and cut herself on the way thru. And the frostbite.
Personally, I would get laying chickens if I were to choose. This way, they eat bugs, and we get eggs out of the deal.
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