The newest Bee Haven Acres additions arrived while Jack and I were at the beach. A small "peeping" package arrived to our brother-in-law Mike containing 13 tiny, assorted guinea hen peeps. He thinks there are three varieties represented, however if peruse the picture you will see white ones and grey ones. Apparently there are some subtle differences amongst the greys. It is going to be great fun to watch these tiny babies grow into the unusual grownup versions.
At this time, Mike is gently acclimatizing the peeps. Their temporary nursery is the greenhouse and their "incubator" is a water trough. Here, Mike can regulate the temperature of their environment and slowly wean them down into cooler temperatures. We are presently in the middle of a heat wave, but these little peeps whose species originated in Africa don't seem to mind!
It is our hope that once these girls grow up, they help to diminish our insect population - ticks being one of their delicacies! They may also serve as a security alarm system for our other foul as these birds are quite loud in the presence of predators.