Last winter we lost four guinea hens that decided to spend the night outside the coop to what we thought was an owl. Last night we lost our last Royal Guinea (purple in color) to another owl attack. My four year old niece found the body this afternoon, very sad. The Royal Guinea boy got in a fight with the Rooster Leopold yesterday and gave better than he got, that may have contributed to his decision to spend the night out in the trees.
Yesterday the Guinea boy spent the afternoon chasing one of the girls all over the yard, it was really fun to watch. The girl (pictured above) would at times extend her wings and glide across the yard as she ran, it was like a guinea ballet.
The grass is slowly starting to cover the dirt road that was put in last year that allowed the heavy equipment to haul in the dirt base for the sheep barn. The guineas seem to just glide across the grass.
They ran and ran all afternoon, the Royal Guinea boy will be missed by the girl guineas as well as myself.
We are now down to five guineas, they have done a great job of eliminating the ticks so I may need to get a few more to increase the flock.
I am an Ocicat. My duties include; security (rodents), counter intelligence (predators), infiltration (sneaking) and night surveillance.
I live in NE Minnesota on 10 wooded acres with; my best friend Mocha, three dogs, chickens, Guinea Hens, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Cascade Sheep, Icelandic sheep, and a few humans.
When we moved here it was completely wooded, our plan is to turn this property into a working homestead.