I took a ride into Tazewell this afternoon to drop off some window screens to get the screens repaired. It was a beautiful day and I decided to take the back way. On Carr Ridge Rd., I drove by a farm that had an “eggs for sale” sign, so I backed up and drove up the curvy driveway.
On the left was a tidy garden with some spring vegetables coming up. Behind the garden were five or so beehives, protected from the wind by a grape arbor. As I approached the house, I saw chickens running loose around the yard. There were several miniature donkeys and some cows in the pasture.
A man came out of the house. I came to find out that his name is Lonnie England. He did not have any eggs left today, but he would have some tomorrow. He volunteered that he would have pure honey around June 10 and homemade molasses at the end of September. He makes it himself. I got his phone number (423-626-9791) so I could call ahead to see what he had available the next time I was in the area.
I mentioned to Lonnie that I had taken a 6-week beekeeping class and appreciated the work that he put into his bees. We talked a little bit more about his bees and then the conversation moved on to his chickens. He feeds them cracked corn, so that the eggs do not taste like chicken feed. Then, out-of-the-blue, he mentions that he has not had any ticks since he got some guineas. He pointed out a guinea hen among the chickens. When I asked whether the chickens ate ticks, he said that they do, but that the guineas actually seek them out.
So, there you have it. The natural way to eradicate ticks – get your own free-range guineas! Learn more about guineas. Life is and adventure.