What's in the Corn Crib?

Posted by Sharkey

When Martha bought the farm, it came with a charming little building called a corn crib.  The corn crib really isn’t used for much, but we all love how it looks in the landscape.  I should say that it really isn’t used for much, until now.

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Sharkey! Come quickly!  My nose tells me there's something new on the farm!  And it's led me right here to the corn crib!

1 Sharkey! Come quickly! My nose tells me there's something new on the farm! And it's led me right here to the corn crib!

Corn cribs are little structures where corn once was dried and stored after the harvest.  They were first used by Native Americans and then by European settlers.

2 Corn cribs are little structures where corn once was dried and stored after the harvest. They were first used by Native Americans and then by European settlers.

The cribs were elevated to keep rodents and other pests out.  But Ryan and Wilmer only recently planted the cornfield, so what could be in here?

3 The cribs were elevated to keep rodents and other pests out. But Ryan and Wilmer only recently planted the cornfield, so what could be in here?

You're right, Francesca!  There's definitely something in the corn crib and it's not corn!  Hey, let me hop on your shoulders so I can try to see through the slats on the side wall!

4 You're right, Francesca! There's definitely something in the corn crib and it's not corn! Hey, let me hop on your shoulders so I can try to see through the slats on the side wall!

Thanks, Franny.  I have a much better view now.

5 Thanks, Franny. I have a much better view now.

Oh Franny!  You're never going to believe what's in here!

6 Oh Franny! You're never going to believe what's in here!

Baby guinea fowl!  These birds, once native to Africa, are seed and insect eaters.  They've been domesticated on farms to control the population of harmful insects.

7 Baby guinea fowl! These birds, once native to Africa, are seed and insect eaters. They've been domesticated on farms to control the population of harmful insects.

There's a dozen of them in here, Francesca.  Guinea fowl are quite social and live in small groups.  They're also very monogamous creatures and often when they mate, they mate for life!

8 There's a dozen of them in here, Francesca. Guinea fowl are quite social and live in small groups. They're also very monogamous creatures and often when they mate, they mate for life!

I overheard Martha saying that they'll be kept in here until they're at least six weeks old and not as vulnerable to predators.  Then they'll roam the property and eat the harmful ticks that plague us.

9 I overheard Martha saying that they'll be kept in here until they're at least six weeks old and not as vulnerable to predators. Then they'll roam the property and eat the harmful ticks that plague us.

Because we had such a mild winter, the tick population didn't die off as it usually does, meaning there's a high number of them out there.  You and GK have already had Lyme Disease this year and we want to put a stop to that!

10 Because we had such a mild winter, the tick population didn't die off as it usually does, meaning there's a high number of them out there. You and GK have already had Lyme Disease this year and we want to put a stop to that!

Hi little friends!  I can't wait until you can come out and play with us, and thanks in advance for guarding us from nasty pests!

11 Hi little friends! I can't wait until you can come out and play with us, and thanks in advance for guarding us from nasty pests!

Comments (12)

  • Hello ladies,
    Baby guinea chicks. How cute are they? And the job they do will help you girls and GK tremendously. Ok, now for the questions. How big will they get? How much of an area can one chick cover in a day? How many of them ate on the farm?
    I am up tonight for a very good reason. I am in Maryland with the Roberts and a bad storm went through here. They had damage from broken trees and are without power since Friday and are not expected to have any again till the end of the week. They have a generator so we are ok but my computer time is limited. It is cooler right now so I am out on the deck. Some friends of ours had the same thing happen in New Jersey near the shores. I hope no one else lost power. I will check in a few hours from now to see how you all did over the weekend
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Happy Monday!

    The corn crib is just darling!

    The new little fuzz heads are adorable! :)

    Will each one get a name? :)

    Have a super Monday.

    gail

  • Good Morning F & S

    I need to get a few Guinea Hens for my yard to eat all the skeeters! They are just horrible this year. I bet they'll be fun to chase around the yard ;)

    We got lucky this weekend we just had high winds and rain but no damage from the storms this weekend. Maddox I hope you get power back soon!

    Mom took me swimming again yesterday she thinks the salt water in the pool will help with the scratching. I made sure she knew it didn't, I escaped from the water and sat and scratched right in front of her - ha! I hate to swim I don't know what she is thinking!!!

    Stay cool everyone it's going to be another hot one today.

    Zoe

  • Hey,
    Where is everyone? What did you all do this past weekend?
    Hello! Wake up you sleepy heads
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    Starting over, and I don't even have big paws to delete things. Oh well, love the corn crib and the new chicks. Now it is a chick crib!! That will be good to control those nasty ticks. Maddox, you need to get yourself into the car and head to Karen's where there are no power outages. Zoe, watch out, you know Frenchies are rock swimmers, and Kirby, I hope your tail is better. Abby, I bet Mom is playing the music to keep the boarders calm during the 4th season. I still think she needs her own cat whisperer show. Rebel, you could supervize these new chicks at Martha's, as you are our in house duckling expert. Dudley, Missy Chow, Chloe, and all my other Glue Squad friends keep cool and calm during these hot days.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn
    P.S.Kitty, tell Mama Delia, I am getting really excited to get Warrior Prince Basil's portrait back from the framer's this week.

  • Good morning ladies & chickies!
    How cute. It's great that your Mom can have these birds to eat the ticks! It will help everyone on the farm. Do ticks bite our friends the Donkeys? I bet they do! I don't think there are any ticks here but we have skeeters, too! Thank goodness we also have Swallows and other little birds that eat them. We had fireworks this weekend. I did pretty good. Eli slept over on Saturday & I went in the guest room with him.
    The high heat is here to stay for a while, so not too much outside time for me. Mimi is going to do her aerobics in the house today like she does in the winter.
    Stay cool everybody!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It looks as if the entire country is having problems; forest fires, heavy rains, drought, record heat, and now thunderstorms with high winds. We had some of those storms yesterday and boy did it rain. The winds weren’t to bad here but it took some trees down nearby. It was a good thing that it cooled the air down from the 100’s to the 70’s because so many were without electrical power. Just hang in there, things will be better. We need some of those “chicks” down here. There are so many bugs here they would surely get fat in no time. Just think, a 50 pound guinea; should be a world record. Hehehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • These Corn crib kind of looks like the Tobacco sheds they have here to dry the leaves. Guinea fowl are so cute! I wish we could have them here to eat the ticks...there is a young deer that comes and it's real skinny and trembles, the DNR has been called it might have that terrible disease (like mad-cow) that is in a rise in Wisconsin..they will have to destroy the deer...always something huh! :-(

    How awful all this bad weather everywhere...hope Maddox that you and your human family are all OK.

    Oh Lynn how exciting, I can't wait to see the painting framed! Hope the fires stay away, seems they might be 50% contained.

    Rebel, yes Donks & horses get ticks mostly on the dock of their tails, I use to have to pick those ugly things off...yuck :-(

    Kitty played a trick on daddie Al again, he let her in late at night carrying a baby mouse in her mouth that happened to get away, so now we have a tiny mouse running around the house and Kitty is not even looking for it...just hope it doesn't die inside...thank goodness I have no fear of mice, but sure don't want them in the house! Bad daddie Al for not doing a kitty gift check. ;-(

    We had a HUGE coon came on the deck and a Persian cream/tan point cat...such traffic has been discouraged by me and Kitty, but think my sis left food outside at night...Kitty just laid there and watched the coon..boy was it a big one. I chased it off and to my surprise saw a young Fox, thought they were gone.

    OK got to run to the P.O. and send a huge painted Rock of a Yorkie to a client in S.Carolina.

    Have a great day everyone!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, How great to learn what is in the corn crib and so glad those great Guinea fowl chicks will protect all three of you and everyone else at the farm from those horrible ticks! I can't wait to see them wondering all over the farm and I'm sure you will enjoy chasing them like you do the squirrels, but don't hurt them! Hey Maddox, sure hope you get back home and away from that terrible power outage! Mom got a new generator at Costco yesterday because we get lots of rain and wind here and lots of power outages, too! Gail, it's so nice to hear from you again! Zoe, sure hope you get rid of that itchiness and hope you do too, Kirby! That must be terrible! Lynn, sure hope the weather is improving where you live and so happy you will get Warrior Prince Basil's portrait back from the framers this week-would love to see it! Rebel, glad you don't have any ticks! The ticks in my area are mostly up in the mountains! Hope you stay cool! Our weather will be cool and damp until the 4th of July and then it will get up in the 70's for at least a week! Sure hope all of you have a wonderful, safe day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • ..wow guinea hens..I love those guys..we used to have a bunch..they roost in trees at night..be wary of them frenchies they can hold their own..they are cool creatures and make a lot of noise..you will like them..thank goodness no weather problems here..I have to help James to do some plumbing under the house..gotta go..love, Cora-Belle

  • The corn crib looks like a fun place to hang out and play tag with each other. I wonder what the Guinea fowl will think of once they get to meet you two ladies and G.K. :wink:

    Crazy weather out there. I hope everyone is staying as safe as they can. Lynn it sounds so exciting that you are about to get back the beautiful portrait of Ambassador Warrior Prince Basil now framed. :smile:

  • Mom giggled at the phrase 'bought the farm' but she's weird that way. I hope the new birds help you out, Raven baby, I hate to think about you getting sick again. How clever of your Martha Mom to find something natural like that to help!!

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