Don't touch the snow!!!!!

Today it was finally warm enough to let everyone out of the coop! I came back from making a rooster delivery to hear a loud ruckus from the trees. The Guineas were perching! Apparently they decided that while they loved being outside in the sun, they could NOT touch the snow. 

This brings me to a seldom discussed feature of the African guinea hen. I'm talking about the reason guinea fowl have spots. I mean sure, they're pretty....but WHY do both male and female guineas have the exact same color pattern? 

guinea camoflauge

Why Guinea hens have spots

For camouflage of course! Picture the dry African planes where guinea hens originally roamed, then look at these pictures of the tree. The dry vegetation makes a perfect cover for this dimwitted fowl to hide in! 

If you have guineas you understand that nature just knew a guinea hen would not be smart enough to hide, so nature brought the hiding space to guinea by making them blend in naturally!

Can you guess how many Guineas are in that tree? 8! Click the picture to make it larger. Guineas have very unique feather coloring. Each guinea feather has tiny white dots on a dark grey background. While these feathers are striking up close, from far away they make perfect camouflage.

guinea hens hidden in tree

This little girl decided to perch in a bush below.

guinea hen in tree

and her Pied friend was in the next tree

african guinea fowl in tree

10 out of 12 were in the trees. Lilac and 1 other were hanging out in the coop with the same "I am NOT standing in that white stuff!" look on their faces!

We're in for a surprise warm up this week, so hopefully they will enjoy their few days of sunshine and warmth before the cold sets in again!

~L

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