The guineas have a bedtime song, which they sing when everyone is roosting in the coop and preparing for sleep. It's a happy song, a song of comfort and peace, and usually one of the guineas sings herself to sleep. The song comforts all the chickens and puts everyone to sleep in the coop.
The guineas also have a cry of alert, which the roosters know very well. They make this alert cry when something startles them, when something is out of the usual, when they are scared. When the guineas' alert cry goes off, the roosters' make what I call the "horn" noise. The rooster horn noise is a loud "honk", when one roo makes that noise, all the other roos are on alert, honking, heads tall, looking for danger. The hens all run for cover, the roos all stand tall ready to fight off whatever they think may be attacking them. The guineas are the first alert program for our flock. They work well with the roosters, and any attacker would have to be very brave to enter an area with guinea alert cries going off and roosters standing tall ready to fight.
We really weren't too sure what sex our guineas were, but now we know they are females. Both the guineas hens look alike. They are semi-friendly because we raised them from chicks. I think the guineas were tougher to raise than chickens - we started with 5 and only have 2 left. 2 died, 1 flew away and never came back. We want more guineas, but haven't decided if we want to start with chicks again or maybe buy some adults next time. Whatever decision we make, we will get more guineas this summer. They come in different colors - ours are pearl gray. I'd like to get some lighter colored guineas, maybe lavender or coral blue.
Just recently we have started finding guinea eggs! They are smaller than our smallest chicken eggs, weighing in at .7 and .9 ounces and have brown speckles. The guineas don't lay in the chicken nest boxes, so we have to look for their eggs.
Here's the guinea eggs beside 2 small chicken eggs.
Any recommendations or suggestions regarding guinea fowl?