Since the chicken hawk attack on Friday, the guinea flock has not wandered very far. They've stayed very close to the bushes where they hid during the attack. They are all there, the missing one is now back with the flock. By this afternoon, we put out some chicken food for them, as they were very hungry because they weren't wandering and looking for food. I assume they haven't forgotten the hawks.
|Guineas in their overgrown bushes. You can see one starting to emerge in the right bush|
Their safety bushes are right beside the chicken coop. They are some overgrown boxwoods. In the midst of the bushes I found some light colored guinea feathers that somehow got there during or since the hawk attack.
|Feathers found in the bushes|
The guineas have dug ten little hollowed out areas in the soft earth beside the boxwoods, one for each bird. They love digging and rolling in the dirt, just like chickens. The afternoon sun hits this area and the birds like to sunbathe in the dirt. In the center in this picture is the one all white guinea. We think she is a female, based on her call. She is ALWAYS beside Boy Guinea. Rarely is she not right beside him. Girl Guinea doesn't seem to mind her at all, despite the fact that White Guinea is moving in on her man. Boy Guinea is the dark spotted one on the right, and Girl Guinea is the dark one on the left.
|Guineas digging in the dirt|
|Guineas hanging by boxwood bushes|
Today Girl Guinea layed her daily egg beside the boxwood bushes, instead of going to the nest she previous made. We have not seen any hawks in the past day, we've been watching for them now, too, just like the guineas are.