The guineas normally walk around on the ground during the daytime. In the mornings they pair up and each pair goes to a nest somewhere in the woods to lay eggs. While the female lays, the males sits outside the nest watching over. When they are done, after an hour or so, the pair goes back to home base, which is the chicken coop area. There they meet up with the other guineas and they take off again.
|Guinea Boy calling for his mate|
Back to the story... The guineas were screaming. They were out in the woods. They were all in trees, not on the ground. That only means that something chased them up in the trees. Something like a fox or other ground animal. I looked around and found all the guineas except Guinea Girl. I searched the ground everywhere in the area for a sign of Guinea Girl. For some dark feathers maybe. I listened for her little squeaky cry. Nothing. I thought maybe she was sitting on a nest somewhere, maybe she would return later. The guineas flew out of the tree and walked around. Guinea Boy started walking frantically, it appeared as if he was looking for his mate.
|Guinea Boy looking for his mate ~ the others follow him|
I waited about an hour and went back out to look for the guineas. I found some of them them in the same area of the woods where I left them. Guinea Boy was tagging along with the coral blue pair of guineas. His wife was still missing. I followed them for over an hour, through the woods, along the stream, back to the home base, back to the woods again. They didn't mind me tagging along with them. Guinea Boy was crying the entire time. At this time, I couldn't help but notice that in addition to Guinea Girl, two pairs of guineas were not returning to home base. As I followed Guinea Boy's frantic search, he led me to two separate nests where the missing pairs of guineas were laying! He looked in on each nest looking for his mate. She was not there.
Guinea Boy showed me two guinea nests! Complete with eggs!!!
I waited till afternoon. All the other guineas checked back in at base camp. Guinea Girl never returned. Guinea Boy has lost his mate. Again. Last May he lost a mate, Guinea Girl's sister. Now we have an uneven number of guineas ~ 4 boys and 3 girls.
Poor Guinea Girl. I hope her death was fast.
|Still frantically looking|
Stay tuned for news about the nests and the eggs!