Mamma chicken has been doing a great job of taking care of the five guinea keets since they were slipped under her one evening a few weeks ago. She only had two chicks of her own so I figured she could handle it.
They all started out in the mini-coop and just this past week we have been letting them free range. It is funny to see the keets flying and mamma chasing after them; "Who taught you to do that? You all had better stay closer to me ya hear!"
She tucks everyone away nicely every evening when I go out to milk and all I have to do is shut their door for the evening. I figure I will give her a few more weeks in the mini-coop and then move her and her clan to the main coop so they can get adjusted before Winter sets in. The guineas have to learn that the coop means safety or else I will lose them to predators over the Winter.
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.