|Girl Guinea egg from 22Oct10|
Girl Guinea used to lay eggs every day in the chicken coop, back when she thought she was a chicken. But now, for over a week, she has been a guinea hen, walking the property with the guinea flock. She has been very happy being a guinea hen and not a chicken.
The only way the guineas can get into the chicken coop now is to fly over the chicken pen fence and enter the coop through the chicken door. But as the guineas enjoy their freedom, they do not fly back into the chicken pen like they used to. In fact, I have not seen them in the chicken pen in the past week at all.
I wondered if Girl Guinea was still laying eggs out in the woods somewhere. She was laying before, so I assumed she was still laying eggs somewhere. I thought possibly random eggs in the woods may draw raccoons or skunks or mink or other unwanted animals closer to the chicken pen.
I mused about what would happen if one of the guinea hens went broody and tried to sit on a nest. I wondered if the flock would stay by the broody hen area or move on, leaving the hen to deal with any predators by herself. The flock does a very good job protecting itself because of it's numbers. Ten guinea fowl are very loud and seem to scare away every other animal. Randy watched once last week as a fox approached the guineas, and they scared him off. He ran quickly away from their screams. No guineas nor chickens have been killed by foxes since the guineas have been set free on the property (some of the chickens often escape from the chicken pen and wander about on their own. In the past we lost chickens to foxes whenever they got free like this). I know the guineas ALWAYS chase away poor Jerry, the outside cat, whenever they cross his path. They take one look at Jerry and they all start running for him, flapping their wings and screaming. Maybe they chase him because he runs, I don't know. But Jerry hates them!
Then yesterday, on Friday, we found a lone guinea egg right in front of the chicken coop door. Not the small door in the chicken pen where the chickens enter the coop, but the large door in the front of the coop where us humans enter. I have to assume the egg belonged to Girl Guinea, I don't think the other guinea hens are laying yet - they are only 4 months old now, but Girl Guinea is over a year old now. The egg had a slight weak spot on one side like Girl Guinea's eggs used to have. I guess the front door was as close as Girl Guinea could get to the coop, her former nesting/laying area. Hopefully she keeps laying there, right out in the open, so we can continue to find her eggs!
Thank you, Girl Guinea!