Guineas are funny looking birds. They look like a cross between a vulture and a clown. They may be about the same size as a chicken, but they act completely differently. They aren't very tame. They go wherever they please with no regard to fences. (I asked my mom once what I was supposed to do if the neighbors complained about them and she just said, "don't claim them." Well then.) They are exceptionally loud and insist on making a raucous every time a car drives up that they don't recognize. This can have its advantages though, as they will call a sneaky predator right out and start yelling and screaming at him mercilessly. Guineas are famous for their appetite for bugs and especially ticks, which is a plus on a farm too. I offered my young guineas to sleep in the chicken coop with the chickens, but they would have none of it, preferring instead to roost in the branches of the big tall pine tree in the chicken yard. The chickens were completely fine with this arrangement.
These guineas are about 10 months old now. It was just last week that we noticed the first egg. Now we are seeing between two and four eggs a day with a flock of 7 guineas. I'm really not sure how many females that is though. You can't just look at them and tell the cocks from the hens. There is a way to tell by listening to their call... They are so fast though that about the time I think I have it figured out they spin around several times and switch places; and I imagine them laughing at me for it.
I'm Debbie. I love listening to chickens cackle and sing. I love Lindt chocolate truffles, a good cup of coffee, and a good book.