Other animals we keep here at the farm are geese and guinea fowl.
The reason we keep guinea fowl are as they are an ideal addition to flock of chickens as they help to look after the flock and are organic flea and tick control (as they eat any ‘nasties’ that they find). Guinea fowl are very noisy when distressed so act as a kind of loud-mouth guard dog for our chickens.
Guinea fowl facts
Guinea Fowl come from Africa originally, but have been bred for food in many countries for hundreds of years. There are even drawings of them on the walls of the pyramids.
A young guinea fowl is known as a keet.
The geese are kept for eggs and for meat. We usually keep the geese up until Christmas time, when they are slaughtered for their meat. Geese were traditional for Christmas dinner in the U.K although by now the turkey (an originally American bird) is far more popular.
Many people are now going back to eating geese as they have a delicious flavour and their fat makes particularly good roast potatoes. Most people think of geese as being like big ducks but they actually have very different needs, for instance, geese need to eat lots of grass to stay healthy.
The types of geese we keep here at the farm are Embden and the Chinese goose.
Baby geese are called goslings.
Geese mate for life and will stay together throughout the year.
Geese are quite assertive animals and were traditionally kept as guards as well as for their meat, eggs and feathers.