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Guinea Hens

Guinea hens were not raised by the Leonis family but were brought here in the 1960s when the Leonis Adobe was saved from demolition and transformed into a museum and ranch.

Guinea fowl are unique looking birds originally native to Africa and can also be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome. They were introduced to Europe in the 1400s and eventually made their way to America about 100 years later. The three main varieties of guinea foul raised in the United States today are Pearl, White, and Lavender. The most common and recognizable variety is the Pearl Guinea, the type raised here at the Leonis Adobe Ranch. They have beautifully spotted feathers and weigh about 4 pounds at maturity.

They are a wonderful option for natural pest control as they hunt for ticks, fleas, beetles, and other destructive insects. Guinea fowl are also fantastic watchdogs and provide great security, sounding off when strangers or intruders approach. They provide eggs and meat that is considered a delicacy and is less fatty and lower in cholesterol than chicken. They protect other farm animals and are relatively low maintenance and disease-free. As a bonus, they are quite entertaining and fun to watch!

Leonis Adobe Museum Historic Home and Ranch
  1. The Leonis Adobe House
  2. Miguel Leonis, The Big Basque
  3. Espiritu Chijulla Leonis
  4. Marcelina Leonis
  5. Juan Menendez
  6. Living Room
  7. Corner Cabinets
  8. Piano
  9. Dining Room
  10. Kitchen
  11. Cellar and Pantry
  12. Upper Rear Hallway
  13. Menendez Room
  14. Espiritu's Bedroom
  15. Sewing Room
  16. Front Upstairs Veranda
  17. Outdoor Oven or Horno
  18. Oak Tree
  19. Poultry and Doves
  20. Guinea Hens
  21. Turkeys
  22. Barn and Blacksmith Shop
  23. Carriages and Buggies
  24. Miguel's Land and Property Map
  25. Bath House
  26. Laundry Area
  27. Well and Windmill
  28. Tank House and Water Tank
  29. Orsua Room
  30. Vineyard
  31. Fruit Trees
  32. Vegetable Garden
  33. Longhorn Cattle
  34. Merino Sheep
  35. Nubian and Angora Goats
  36. Percheron Draft Horses
  37. Farm Implements
  38. Wagons
  39. Outhouses
  40. The Plummer House