The missing guinea fowl was sighted!
Some quick background ~ Last February one of our guineas flew away, never to return again. That left us with only 2 guinea hens. We believed the one that flew away was a male, but really don't know for sure. He took off flying through the trees, my husband went after him, but he disappeared. We both searched in the car for him, found him a ways down the road, but he flew away. We tried to "herd" him towards the house/chicken/guinea area, but he flew in the wrong direction.
Then we had some major snowstorms, where it snowed several feet. We keep the chickens & remaining guineas in the coop with heat lamps. They all were only 4 months old at that time.
We figured the poor runaway guinea died or made his way to a neighboring farm which has guineas. The neighboring farm is a distance away (several miles), so we didn't really think he made it there, that was just hopeful thinking.
But last week my husband spotted the guinea near our chicken/guinea area! Yeah! The prodigal guinea has returned! We haven't captured him, but know he's around.
Maybe this is why our guineas have stopped laying?? Our guinea girls have been very uptight lately...