The Grand Guinea Experiment: To see if guineas can keep the foxes at bay. During the summer, I have problems with foxes- sometimes even during the day. I'll get home from work and find dead birds, sometimes I'll put them away at night and count one or two less than I should, and sometimes, on the weekends, Mr. Fox will be staring me in the face in my backyard, feathers hanging from his mischievous little mouth.
I purchased about 15 guineas from Dunreath farm in Ashland in the Spring of 2015. I raised them in the brooder boxes and then on the floor of the "nursery" until they were close to the size of a full grown chicken. When I released them to the big coop with the rest of my chickens, they assimilated quite well for a long time.
They were wonderful watchdogs at The Homesteader's Place. They would alert me to the presence of anything that wasn't invited, but their incessant chatter and increasingly aggressive nature toward my more docile hens just wasn't the best fit for the farm. I've since sold the guineas to another farm planning to use them as watchdogs. I got them to protect my hens, not beat up on them when I'm not looking! In the future, I might think about another kind of watchdog as protection - maybe geese? Maybe an actual dog? Who knows!