07/26/2010 09:23 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Raising Guinea Hens (Including the Great Guinea Surprise!)

We started keeping guinea hens about three years ago because we live in the woods, and I wanted something to eat the ticks. Guineas eat more ticks than any other bird, including chickens -- probably because they come from Africa, where there are tons of ticks. (We have a few friends from Africa who always threaten to cook and eat the guineas when they visit us!)

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