Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Digs

 I usually check our chicks and guinea fowl twice a day.  In the last few days, however, I have checked on the guineas more frequently as they have been incessantly dumping their water, thereby making themselves waterless and their bedding damp and musty.

After discussing the issue with James, he decided we had to correct the situation... immediately.  It would be cruel to leave them longer in a tub they had clearly outgrown.  The search was on.  Our future home for them, outdoors, is not repaired to a relatively critter-proof status, and even temporary adjustments were labor and time consuming.

A brief search on the internet and calling to local stores convinced us a ready-made chicken coop was far to expensive to be a solution until... I kept looking at the search options under coop.  I found an exercise pen for a 1/3 of the price of a coop, and it would be reusable after proper sanitation.

After a few more phone calls, we headed to Tractor Supply.  Although by far not our favorite store for supplies, it was the only store to carry what we needed.

Fortunately, it was preassembled (it's just 8 panels, one with a door), and I was in business.  The cardboard is to save the bulk of the fertilizer-in-waiting (guinea poop) from being wasted by hardening into cement on the garage floor.  We have bedding material in the box, and I have since added some to the pen.

Just at sunset, we introduced the five guineas to their new home.
Were this to have a caption, I think it would be full of "oh my's" or more choice language!

"At least the food is the same, right?"

Morning, and the guineas were comfortable in their new digs.
 Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

1 comment:

  1. They look HUGE! Did they grow super fast or were they not as little as I thought they were?