You do remember Ginny and Gus, the Guinea Fowl couple who stole my heart last Fall at Pam and Stew’s oh-so-perfect Charleston wedding. And then this remarkable news, just a month later: after two years, 12 nests, and 150 eggs (or so), the birth of three Guinea babies! A joyous success for this family of hens who’d taken up residence in downtown Charleston, in Bonnie’s pretty Lamboll Street garden.
Then, November heartbreak—a story so upsetting I never shared it here. The family was torn apart by a hawk attack so egregious it left one baby dead. The next day the vicious hawk returned, and Gus—brave Gus—fought again. He saved Ginny and the two babies, but he suffered great injury himself, his neck punctured and blood-soaked, an eye swollen shut.
I’m afraid they won’t make it without Gus, wrote Bonnie in an email to me after the attacks. This family needs both parents to protect them.
What a long shot it seemed. How we all cheered them on.
And now this, a February update from Bonnie.
Gus, Ginny and two babies nearly grown. Still there at home on Lamboll Street.
I loved hearing about Ginny and Gus..Once we had a pair of guineas at Misty… They were a delight especially when they birthed a clutch of the most adorable brown baby chicks . My memories are happy even though they did find our strawberries
irrestible.They gave me feathers which was a fair exchange. Go guineas. Love, Nancy