The scary blue hat

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by damselfish, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This happened a few months ago but I haven't been around much to post. I got a real kick out of it.

    As you know guineas consider themselves the inspectors of all unusual items in their environment. If they don't like something, they will definitely let you know.

    I have an old hat. It's not particularly unusual, it's your basic knit winter cap in a bright royal blue straight out of the 1970s, back when you could only get two colors of blue from the Sears catalog: royal and navy.

    I use the hat as my winter chore hat, and all last year the guineas hollered whenever I wore it. I didn't think too much about it, just wrote it off to the usual guinea silliness.

    This year, when I started wearing it, the noise was even worse, probably because we have a younger set of guineas that hadn't seen it before.

    One day I got impatient with their noise and decided to explain it to them. So picture me, on a frosty morning, all bundled up standing in front of the coop while the free-ranging guineas who have just gotten out for the morning stand around me hollering.

    I took off the hat and waved it at the guineas. "It's just a hat! Hat, hat, hat!" Put it back on, take it off again. "It is not a monster, it is a hat. It is not hurting me, it is not hurting you!!" I laid the hat down on the concrete blocks that we use to step up into the coop, and went about my business of cleaning coops and replenishing feed.

    A couple of minutes later I heard little guinea noises and peeked around. Sure enough, four brave guineas had come to inspect the scary and dangerous hat. They finished their inspection satisfactorily, and strolled off to report to the others.

    I completed my chores, came back out of the coop, put on my hat, and went about my business.

    Ever since that day I have done chores in my scary blue hat, surrounded by peaceful and silent guineas.
     
  2. Glasshen

    Glasshen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the story, thanks.
     
  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    ahhh! i love it! they really aren't stupid as folks think, but are a need to know mentality....smart idea to let them see it...
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    ROTFL
    Cool story! Love it![​IMG]
    Silly old birds!
     
  5. elevan

    elevan Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I'm gonna have to figure out what it is that makes my guineas scream at me and not DH...maybe it's my glasses, but I'm not sure I want to take them off for them to inspect...
     
  6. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you guys enjoyed it, guineas do have an overwhelming "need to know".

    Emily, maybe you should try it with a pair of drugstore specs, just for fun....it would be so funny if that stopped them from screaming at you!
     
  7. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    i like that idea of getting some cheep glasses, i had even thought of tying a string to yours, but the other idea is better.... my guineas are so tame they come up and take food out of my hand, took them 3 years...LOL!
     
  8. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL way too funny, I can picture you explaining/demonstrating that it's not a boogey monster and that it really is YOU, the food goddess under the hat, lololol. I get the same reaction if I wear my rain coat. [​IMG]

    Guineas hate change, even a hat or coat sets them off, lol.
     
  9. elevan

    elevan Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Well then it's no wonder that they scream at me then. I have 3 different coveralls that I wear out depending on how cold it is. I have 4 pairs of glasses that I wear to either suit my mood or my outfit. The only thing that is always the same is my hat! [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Funny story!! [​IMG]
     

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