It is not even Easter yet and I have already had my egg hunt. It is springtime here at Happy Earth Farm. The trees are budding, seeds are growing, flowers are blooming and the guineas are mating.
Guinea hens hide their nest in order to keep it safe from predators. We happened upon their nest by accident. They have set up shop under one of the felled storm trees. It is a pretty secure location; tucked in between thorny branches and thick foliage. It appears to be a communal nest. Most laying birds, including guineas, will lay about twenty eggs and then go "broody", which means their instincts will kick in and they will sit on the eggs until they hatch (about 21 days).
I have enjoyed watching the parade of young ladies waddle over to the nest to make a deposit. They look so maternal and saintly. Over the past couple of weeks I could feel my heart soften for these heinous looking creatures that squawk constantly all day long, driving me near insane. I was this close to changing my mind; maybe I can learn to love them. I have watched the nest with great anticipation and a new-found sense of fondness as the number of eggs began to grow......and grow......and grow....and grow.
Here is what I have discovered: Guinea hens are terrible mothers…. Like "call the Department of Family Services" bad. As of yesterday, there are over 30 eggs in the nest. Not only that, but the guinea hens are now so lazy that they are just dropping their eggs all over the property. It is like a minefield out there; little brown bombs that explode under my feet if I am not looking down as I walk the pasture. And not one of those nasty squawk machines is willing to take responsibility for the proliferating bunch. They just make a deposit and quickly waddle away. They are all looking at each other like "I am not wasting 21 days sitting on that damn pile".
So here we sit with a mound of guinea eggs that multiplies in number every day. They will only be fresh for so long. I read that guinea eggs are prized by foodies because their yolk is quite rich and intense in flavor.
Hmmmmmm, over easy or scrambled?........