Or maybe that’s two sets of fowl…
There are two pale gray keets running around out in the pastures now, besides the original “Chick-or-Keet.”
Two Gray Guinea Keets (and some siblings)
Strangely enough, the keets seem to shift parents. I mean, sometimes I’ll look out and see two gray keets with a group of guineas, and then another time they’ll be split up and following a different set of adult guinea fowl.
Only thing I can figure out is they are roosting close together at night, and when they take off in the morning, the same keets aren’t always following the same adults.
Then yesterday morning when I went inside the peafowl pen to put out some more food, two of the peahens were growling at me.
All four of peahens are sitting on eggs.
The two peahens in the back of the picture were the culprits. And since they only time I ever hear them growl is when they have chicks, I figured they must have at least one, even if I could see any.
However, later in the afternoon those two hens were out in the aviary, and sure enough, they had a chick.
Peahen checking on her peachicks
As a matter of fact, they have TWO chicks. . .
Cute little peachicks!
They scurry around after their mamas, but they also have an adventuresome streak.
I’ve noticed before that peachicks have a tendency to be more curious and range further from their mamas than the baby chickens, or even baby guinea fowl.
And I don’t feel so bad about not getting eggs to hatch in my incubator. I noticed there are half a dozen eggs still in the nest, though the peahens are still turning them, so I guess they aren’t done.
It should be interesting to see how many peachicks we get. I’ve never had ALL our peahens sitting on eggs before!