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April 9, 2006 Guinea Hen
N. Walker

Guinea Hens are sometimes kept for ridding gardens of unwanted insects such as Japanese Beetles. By nature they are semi-wild but when hatched by chickens and confined during their early life, they will come back home to roost. They fly much better than chickens and therefore do not stay in ordinary poultry enclosures. Normally they make a big racket when intruders approach, thus getting a reputation as watchdogs. The birds at Burritt did not do this perhaps because there are too many intruders. Too much trouble to make a fuss every time someone comes by.