Walter’s Shiny Coat

I know that I have been writing about poultry quite a lot recently. Ivy gets impatient with me when I do not write about yarn. Well, the truth is April is a slow month for yarn. Tax season takes its toll on everyone’s desire to buy things (not just yarn). And some of you are on yarn diets. Oh brother! Yarn can’t make you heavy. If you are too heavy because of yarn, put the yarn down and check the scale again.

Oh well, I don’t think yarn is what people want to talk about anyway. Not one time in my construction life has anyone asked, “How is your yarn today?” or “Did you buy that at Your Daily Fiber?’ Nope, not once. People have asked me, “Hey, how are your chickens?” or “Hey, do you have any eggs for sale?”

Sorry Ivy, I’m going to write about what people want to read about. POULTRY!

This week I need to discuss guinea fowl. I know, I just wrote about the guineas, but this time I will add a dog. Oh yeah, and Elaine.

We bought guineas last year because of Elaine’s fear of rattlesnakes. (As I’ve said before, Rattlesnakes hate noise-Guinea fowl never quit squawking) We thought it would be great if they would also produce eggs. Although, most people have never eaten guinea eggs (and probably won’t).

I researched guinea eggs and found out they are smaller than chicken eggs. Their flavor is similar to chicken eggs. Guinea eggs are “pointy” on the small end the shell are much harder than chicken eggs (this will become important to the story later). Guineas typically lay eggs on the ground.

Guineas are very hard to determine if they are male or female, even for the resident poultry expert, Ivy. If Ivy is not knitting, designing patterns or selling yarn, she is on the internet looking up some obscure disease she is convinced the poultry has.