Yes, we’re home again! Back to heat in the high 90s… sigh….
Actually, we got home Tuesday night, but I’ve been trying to catch up a little on home and farm chores. When you’ve been gone for a week, it means you’re bringing home a bunch of laundry to wash for one thing!
When I did chores yesterday morning, I noticed a few additions. One hen has a couple of little chicks following her around now.
She was sitting on a at least a dozen eggs, but I guess as soon as a couple hatched, she was out of there!
And then I noticed this little fluff-ball. . .
At first I thought it was a little chick. Perhaps a little long-legged, but we get a lot of white chicks.
It has some interesting dark markings on the back, however, so not totally white.
Then I saw who is mothering the little thing…
Well now, THAT’s interesting! Our little guinea keets are usually brown and black. So the question is, did this guinea hen hatch out a chicken egg, or is this really a keet?
At first I figured it to be a chicken, but now I’m not so sure. We had some white guinea fowl a few years ago, when we first got guineas. They didn’t last long, because the predators seem to find them too easily.
But the genes are still floating around in the flock, so … maybe this is a for real keet. Guess we’ll know in a few weeks, if it survives long enough to feather out.
I hope the adult guineas keep looking after this little baby. It’s a cute little thing.