This morning our missing guinea fowl flew back into our guinea/chicken pen by himself. He's been on his own for the past 3 months, but today he finally returned home into his old pen.
We never put a roof on the enclosed chicken area, so the guineas can come and go as they please, but the fence is too high for the chickens to fly over. Only the one guinea fowl discovered he could fly and left the flock. The other 2 guineas are females, and they believe they are chickens and have no desire to fly away from their chicken family.
When the guinea fowl returned into the pen he was immediately attacked by the roosters. We believe the guinea is a male. He entered the pen all puffed up, all proud to be home. The roosters took him to be a threat; guess they didn't remember him from 3 months ago. The guinea then flew up to the top of the garage and looked down at the roosters below. The roosters tried to fly up and attack the guinea, but they just could not fly that high.
My husband put the 2 guinea hens out of the chicken pen so they could be with their brother. The boy guinea was so excited to be with his ladies again. The guinea hens only wanted to return to their pen with the chickens. We originally wanted the guineas to be outside the chicken pen, free to wander the yard, so we figured this would be a good time to let them loose.
Eventually the guinea girls were returned to the chicken pen, they just were not happy being free. The "new" guinea is watching from above for now. Eventually we hope he will integrate back into the flock.
I'll keep you posted on his integration!