Have you met Charleston’s famous Guinea Gang?

 


Deep in the Historic District, in the famed South of Broad neighborhood you’ll find the quiet, peaceful Lamboll Street. A mere two blocks long, it connects Meeting to King and King to Legare, just a block from the battery. And this sophisticated, southern street is ruled by Charleston’s most famous gang: the Guinea Gang! Cue the rap beat. A group of feral guinea hens that call this area home can be spotted strolling the street together, pecking for snack bugs and quite often, stopping traffic. Literally. They rise with the sun and one hen leaves their nighttime roost, perches on a column and squawks to the rest of the gang to give them the “all clear.” The rest arise and start their day of strolling Lamboll, Legare and King, hunting for insects, lounging in the shade and parking their pack in the middle of King Street, while cars patiently wait to pass.

Legend has it that a pair of lovebirds (well, guinea hens), Ginny and Gus came to make their home on Lamboll sometime around 2005 and never left. That pair has now grown to a pack of at least a dozen. Guinea hens are typically monogamous and mate for life. So, this one is quite a love story!

Take a stroll between Legare and King in the evening before sunset or in the mornings around sunrise and you will likely catch a glimpse. If at first you don’t see them, just listen for the clucking and squawking and follow your ears. The most beloved residents of this quiet (except for the gang noise) Charleston neighborhood never stray too far from home.


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