Guineafowl Finally got a pic

Discussion in 'Gamebirds' started by robin416, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Update on Baby, it is growing more. A good thing but I think Baby is blind in one eye.

    I started watching more closely a few days ago, what I noticed first is that the right eye appears to be a bit sunken. And being a perpetual motion machine it's really hard to get a good look at both eyes at the same time.

    Watching the way it turns it's head totally to one side to view the world pretty much confirms that the right eye has no sight.

    That doesn't stop it. I built it a new platform, only Baby can fit on it so none of the others even attempt stealing its treats. If I'm coming at it from the left it's fine as far as placing treats in front of it. But if I do it when the right eye is towards me it scares the crap out of him/her.
     
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  2. Poultry Judge

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    That is encouraging news!
     

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    It has learned it needs to be the first one in the coop at night. Sometimes I have to do a little shepherding but it usually figures out what's up and heads for the ramp in the coop. Then I let the others follow me in for their treats.
     
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    Poor little guy/gal. He/she will be at a real disadvantage when it comes to predators. Being part of a flock will certainly help with its blindness.
     
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    It's on the very fringes of the flock. It's not unusual for me to find it way over there all on its own. I guess it dances to a different drummer but at the same time wants to be as close to the flock as they'll tolerate.
     
  7. danathome

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    Perhaps when Baby gets bigger and stronger he/she will be totally accepted in the flock.
     
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    Not a chance. The only way it can move up in the ranks is if I put a couple of new birds with the flock. Even then it's not a guarantee it will happen.
     
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  9. Poultry Judge

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    Sometimes they adapt remarkably well.
     
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    This little one has certainly done that but it does worry me to see it so far removed from the flock and safety. Yesterday it was several hundred feet away. I was looking for it because the flock was near me but I didn't see any sign of it. Next thing I know, it's running up the driveway. It had been in the woods near the road.
     
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    So, guess who stayed outside last night in a tree all by itself? I stepped out the backdoor after dark and could hear some unhappy sounds being made. It could only be coming from one place.

    It refused to go into the coop at all until later this afternoon. I'll let the others out tomorrow morning but Baby will remain in.
     
  14. Poultry Judge

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    Oh no, Baby is in lockdown.
     
  15. robin416

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    Not in a corner, yet, but certainly locked down. Bad Baby.
     
  16. Poultry Judge

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    Bad Baby, poor Baby! The Peafowl and the Turkeys spend part of every day in the trees and they never get disciplined!
     
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    With these guys it is truly monkey see, monkey do. If the others decide they like having Baby's freedom I'm going to have a problem on my hands.

    If that happens I'll sell the flock.
     
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  18. Poultry Judge

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    I never had control of my Guineas from the beginning. But that's back when I used to free range almost everything.
     
  19. robin416

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    I've met people who had no clue you could train Guineas to do stuff. I had no clue they couldn't be so they got taught.
     
  20. Poultry Judge

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    Let's give credit where credit is due, you are the exception. I neve knew anyone who could train Guineas, even coop train.