I have sad news...
One of the guineas was killed Monday morning.
Right on my front lawn.
And the body has not been recovered.
I checked the guineas at 6am on Monday morning, they were sleeping in the huge pine tree where they always sleep. It was still dark out.
At 7am the sun was rising, and a crime scene was found on the front lawn.
The guineas sleep in a tall pine tree overlooking the chicken coop. Recently, since the time sprung forward, the guineas have been coming out of their pine tree bed early, before sunrise, and gathering in front of the chicken coop, honking loudly, until the sun rises.
The victim was one of the 5 coral blue guineas.
Clumps of feathers were around the lawn, and lead into the woods on both sides of the house. A search party was arranged and the area was searched far and wide in both directions, but no body was ever discovered. The crime scene was analyzed, but no evidence was found other than coral blue feathers. No blood was found anywhere. And one of the coral blue guineas is now missing from the guinea gang.
The remaining guineas were all on the ground at 7am after sunrise, terrified after watching the murder of their brother. They all stayed close to the chicken coop that day, under the protection of low bushes. And the remaining guineas aren't talking about what happened. Their normally loud mouths are shut. They hardly talk about anything anymore. They used to be so loud, but no longer does the sound of guineas echo on the hills. Maybe they are in shock, traumatized from witnessing the murder.
We don't know if the suspect was a coon, we have plenty of coons, but I cannot imagine a coon killing and dragging away a large guinea.
Or maybe it was a fox. The guinea body could have been dragged into a unknown fox den to feed young fox kits.
Or possibly it was a great horned owl - one used to live beside the field down the dirt road. But would an owl be able to kill and remove a full-size guinea?
It wasn't a skunk, no smell was noted.
But maybe a mink? We've never seen a mink near the house, but one was found about a mile away.
Unknown suspects - they are many unsubs out there, lurking in the woods, beyond detection.
RESULTS OF INVESTIGATION:
This case remains open, pending further investigation. It is believed to be a murder. Since Monday the remaining guinea gang has started wandering the property again, but they are unusually quiet. They have stopped sleeping in their former location, in the pine tree. Now they sleep in dense overgrown trees which are covered in vines. Possibly they believe the vines and overgrowth provide additional protection. But a coon could easily scamper up the vines to get to the sleeping guineas if he wanted. Makes me think they aren't thinking about coons, but brings an owl to my mind as the suspect. An owl or a fox are the prime suspects.