guinea fowl - real and steel
I saw the guinea fowl sculptures in a nursery and it was love at first sight. I knew guinea fowl came from Africa, and that kangaroos made from recycled steel would be more appropriate. Too bad. Emotion over-ruled logic. I bought them, and they've lived happily in the front garden for over ten years now.
I've since learned that guinea fowl live in lots of other gardens in Australia. An organic gardener living in a rural area, told me they keep a large flock of guinea fowl because they are so useful.
Guinea fowl kill snakes, insect pests and rodents. They are valued for their eggs and their meat. Their eggs are smaller and heavier than hens' eggs, have a hard shell and taste slightly gamey. They lay them all over the place.
There aren't any snakes in my garden, but I wish my guinea fowl would eat the rats.
guinea fowl in organic garden near Ballarat