Some friends recently decided to opt for a litter of guinea hens. Although the endeavor sounds like a bit of work, the diet of a guinea hen intrigues me. These hens eat all kinds of bugs we garden lovers loathe – Japanese beetles, ticks, snakes, rodents, those flying mosquitoes that hover around in the daytime. You do have to build a coop to protect them from the nightly creatures i.e., coyotes and fox. But another upside to the guinea hens – these critters supplement as a good watch dog by causing a racket when an intruder appears and the hatched eggs are loaded with protein.
So is anyone else game for setting up a tribe of guinea hens? Virginia Hutchinson reminds us, “An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.” As we head into a long weekend of labor, keep an open mind on simple ways to keep the bugs at bay.
Wouldn’t it be so nice to see the leaves and the Roses bug-free?
Image of Roses (In its second bloom) by Ann Bilowz
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