|A dusting on the ground and light snow still falling this morning.|
|Snow on the new kitchen roof, as seen from|
the back bedroom window.
|Not nice in the local village.|
|Might not want to park that one there mate - the Guards will|
be at you..... Hope the driver was not badly hurt.
|Easiest way to move Guinea Fowl is the kitten-box.|
|These are quite young birds - probably not yet sexually mature.|
Their 'horns' (top of head) are not fully developed and the little
"chilli-pepper" wattles are pale pink, not yet bright red.
I was tempted to fore-go the usual 24 hours "probationary" period and let the 4 at each other but there are two things I know about introducing new birds to the flock, and Guineas in particular. First, if the new birds do come under attack it can be vicious, fast and deadly. Second, once a Guinea Fowl is out, you will probably never catch it again - they are fast and nimble as well as flighty and nervous. They explode into flight like a pheasant. Yes, if they go off to roost in your barn like good birds, and you have a ladder, you can probably nab them at night but these ladies had only just arrived and had never seen the barn, never mind the inside of it. They'd as likely find a tall tree for the night. Patience, again, is the thing. (It quite often is.)
|The boys are all over the new arrivals.|
|Blue looks comfortable.|
|Ah well. Only bought it to 'feed' the cake. It was never going to|
see Christmas. Sláinte.
|The Irish Government decided to not proceed with getting the|
population to pay water-rates after all, and gave us back all
the money we had paid since the troubled start last year.
By the end of this post, then, we have 4 walls round a shed, 2 new Guinea Fowl sleeping in the comfort of their bedroom (I hope), my friends have a house with working electricity and the Ma-in-Law is being well looked after at home by her oldest daughter. By the next post we all might be under a foot of snow, but we'll worry about that when it comes. Hope you are also all warm, safe and dry... and lit.