The guinea keets are now 17 days old!
Sadly, one died this past weekend. He was the smallest and weakest. Everyone else is doing fine. There are 8 left. They are getting their feathers in and their wings are developing. And they have learned how to fly! they are so small and light, they can fly very well!
They are still very small, but they have fully integrated into the chicken flock despite their small stature. The hens mostly accept them, the roosters want to take care of them as if they are hens by telling them when they find food. They look funny because they are so small compared to the chickens.
The keets go to any chicken if she clucks. They don't always listen to Mama Bella when they don't want to. They are not shy in the least bit. They've gotten pecked a few times by jealous hens, but they don't seem to mind because they are very fast and seem to get out of the way quickly if needed.
The keets spend their days outside with the chickens, and in the evening they put themselves to bed in the coop just like the chickens. The cutest thing about them is that at bedtime, Mama Bella calls them all into the nest box where Bella thinks they were born and they all sleep cuddled up together with her in the nest box.
Here Bella is calling them to the upper nest box, and the keets are all getting ready to jump and go to sleep. You can see Zoner and her little chicks in this picture!
Here's Bella's head in the nest box above. She's clucking for them to hurry up and get to bed!