Guinea fowl spend their time walking about keeping in contact with their group members with a semi-frequent contented “Chuk!” sound. The slightest upset, however to a Guinea fowl’s routine causes the whole group to emit loud piercing calls. Usually this is where it ends, but sometimes it goes further—one group has personally witnessed the birds surround in a semi-circle and herd away a very large and mature tiger snake(!), and on another occasion another group was observed running at and chasing away a fox stalking one of the chickens late one afternoon.*(They received extra feed that evening!)
But where people are concerned, whilst Guinea fowl are also noisy when strangers are around, they aren’t aggressive in any way, just noisy! And once the family dogs get used to them, the Guinea fowl will walk all over them! Having said that, constant supervision is recommended for dogs experiencing Guinea fowl for the first time until everyone learns to get along with each other. If you trust your dog(s) around your chickens, they will come to accept Guinea fowl the same way.
WOZOS have evolved out of years of studying and carving birds, light hearted caricatures of real birds and some purely fantastical. The name derives from the French “oiseau”, meaning bird and has been suitably Australianised. The team that creates these extraordinary little works of art consists of Andre Vanne, his partner Catherine and daughter Lara.
They are made individually using timber that would normally be wasted.
Butt ends, branch wood and other pieces not suitable for furniture manufacture. Therein lies their beauty.
The fine finish achieved brings to life the magical whorls of grain and depth of
Fiddle back not usually seen in commercial grade timber. The heads are sculptured in wax and then hand cast in moulds using reconstituted marble. They are bonded to the bodies and painted in the finest artist’s oils to achieve the translucency found only in this medium. Finally each WOZO is finished with a durable lacquer, before being signed individually by the artist.