It’s not often that one finds something that is both free and valuable. So I was quite pleasantly surprised when I came across the book Living With Guinea Fowl. Living With Guinea Fowl is a 200 page book with over 200 photographs and illustrations. Living With Guinea Fowl is available in two PDF formats: large download and small download. Both downloads are the same book, but the larger download has slightly better quality photographs.
Here’s what the authors of Living With Guinea Fowl, Jack & Luci, have to say about their book: “A fun & informative book for anyone interested in Guinea fowl. Whether you’re considering becoming a Guinea fowl keeper, or you’ve already got a flock of these amazing birds, Living With Guinea Fowl will inform and entertain.” I think this succinctly and accurately describes Living With Guinea Fowl.
Living With Guinea Fowl, published in April of 2011, has nine chapters plus an Introduction. I usually forego reading book Introductions, but in the case of Living With Guinea Fowl, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read it. It not only gives insight into the writer, Jack, and his photographer wife, Luci – it makes a number of interesting and unusual statements about the contents of the book. Note: the last names of the authors are not anywhere in the book.
Living With Guinea Fowl, as it admits in the Introduction, does not cover absolutely everything about Guinea fowl. It would take many volumes to go into detail about every single aspect of Guinea fowl. However, Living With Guinea Fowl does indeed cover everything one would need to know to start a flock of Guinea fowl or to care for a flock of Guinea fowl: from keet to adult.
Here is a list of the chapters in Living With Guinea Fowl:
Is Keeping Guinea Fowl the Right Choice for You
How to Start Your Flock of Guinea Fowl
Preparing For Your New Flock of Guinea Fowl
Growth Stages of Guinea Fowl
Training Your Guinea Fowl
Guinea Fowl Eggs – Recipes Included
Living with Guinea Fowl Spring & Summer
Living with Guinea Fowl Fall & Winter
Living With Guinea Fowl has some great information in it and is certainly well written enough, but the photographs are spectacular. Contained within the book are links to helpful Guinea fowl relevant websites, one of which is owned by the authors. I visited the website and was thoroughly impressed by the hundreds of outstanding photographs of Guinea fowl including some amazing action shots of flight, fighting and displaying. The quality of the Guinea fowl photographs on the website far and away outshines those in the book, despite the fact that several of the photographs are in both locations. The website also has dozens of Guinea fowl articles, a blog, a forum for discussions and questions and much more for Guinea fowl enthusiasts. Here’s a link to the website: http://guineafowlbirds.com/
If you are considering becoming a Guinea fowl owner, I highly recommend reading chapter one of Living With Guinea Fowl: Is Keeping Guinea Fowl the Right Choice for You. This chapter gives you not only the pros of becoming a Guinea fowl owner, it also lets you know about the possible problems you’ll run into when you have a flock of Guinea fowl.
I thought one of the most interesting chapters to read was chapter five: Training Your Guinea Fowl. I was quite surprised to learn that Guinea fowl can be trained, and relatively easily, no less. The author tells why it’s beneficial to train your Guinea fowl to come, and then explains the simple process. This chapter also covers herding your Guinea fowl with “herding sticks” or with a dog. The authors have posted videos on YouTube covering everything in this chapter. Links are at the end of the chapter.
My favorite chapters were the last two, which are actually more of a photojournalistic look at the daily lives of Guinea fowl during the four seasons. Chapter eight shows the reader Guinea fowl and their lives in spring and summer. Chapter nine provides photographic details of Guinea fowl life in the winter months. Both of these chapters have long captions and very little prose. Most enjoyable viewing!
Living With Guinea Fowl can be downloaded free at: http://guineafowlbirds.com/Book-Living-With-Guinea-Fowl.html. The authors have put in an optional donation button, which allows readers of the book to make a voluntary contribution. You can also leave your name and email address and receive updates to the book as they become available. Financial contributions and personal information are NOT required in order to download the book.
As a long time lover of helmeted Guinea fowl, I gave Living With Guinea Fowl the following scores:
Content: 8 out of 10
Writing: 7 out of 10
Photography: 10 out of 10