Problems with Japanese
Ticks? Get Guinea Fowl!
Japanese beetles... I hate them! I don’t know anyone that is happy
about the introduction of the Lady
bug look-alike that swarms homes, stampedes cattle and in general are
more then a common nuisance. There is absolutely nothing good about
this bug. From the time the soy beans are harvested until frost, most
people in farm country stay inside nowadays due to this lady bug
This year, I'm taking a stand, I have had it. I can’t take it anymore.
I miss cook outs and BBQs and riding my horse in the evening when it's
cool. I want my fall life back.
This is my year to change the world. I proclaim we all buy Guinea fowl
and overrun farm country with the tick-eating, loud and obnoxious
birds. I would rather have a bird that eats ticks and Japanese Beetles
that I can eat, than I would be forced to stay in doors for over a
month due to bugs.
This year I bought 4 cartons of Guinea eggs at the local sale barn and
hatched out about half. We had more then a few power outages that I'm
sure resulted in the poor hatch. 22 birds for the $8.00 investment is
still well worth while.
I was thrilled when they were all sorts of colors. I got blues, and
bronze, pied and whites, purple and pearl. The flock will be colorful
to say the least. I have warned my neighbors that they will be having
company and if they are kind enough not to be upset with the flock of
loud, wild birds they would be pleased with the results.
Advantages of Keeping Guinea Fowl to Eat Japanese Beetles
Everyone here in this little town would be very happy if the birds made
even the smallest dent in the Japanese beetles. I plan on growing the
flock to over 100 before I start to butcher and start having those BBQs
where the kind neighbors will be invited to enjoy some fruits of their
The Internet is full of articles singing the praises of Guinea fowl
taking properties that are over run with ticks and pecking their way
down to no ticks at all. The same is true with the pesky Japanese
Disadvantages of Keeping Guinea Fowl to Eat Japanese Beetles
I have to ask myself why in all these years I over-looked Guinea fowl
as a resource not only for food, as they are fine dining, but as
control of diseases carrying ticks and now more recently the blasted
Japanese beetles. The reason is Guinea fowl are not for everyone. They
are loud; they never shut up. If you live anywhere near a neighbor this
can be an issue. It's best to warn your neighbors within a mile of the
new pest in town.
This brings us to the next problem with Guinea fowl they don’t stay
home. You are best to get them as day old keets and raise them where
they are going to spend their life roosting at night. If you teach them
to come in at night, they will.
They will also range an average of a
mile around your property, and sometimes more. Clipping their wings
only undermines the reason you have them, so this is not really a
productive option. If you can put up with the noise and the fact they
roam and you have beetles and ticks, then Guinea fowl are certainly an
option for you.
They should be in everyone’s arsenal who is trying to battle the lady
bug look -alikes, the Japanese Beetle. We all know sprays don’t really
work. Guinea fowl seem to be the only option for the serious war on
Japanese beetles. I will let you know how it goes with the neighbors…
Here are my keets with a few Midget White Turkeys in the