First - the horrible news. Another guinea was killed Saturday morning. We got up at 4:30 AM and Randy went out to hunt the guinea-killing monster, but he was too late. The small female guinea was already killed and missing, leaving feathers behind. That makes 3 guineas in 3 nights. And so Randy is spending the night outside tonight. On the previous nights the guineas were killed I never heard a sound, and I was up by 5AM. Most likely they were killed before I got up, and that's why I didn't hear them.
On Friday Randy cut down the tree in the woods that he thought held a monster nest. He thought it was a hollowed out tree. A trail of guinea feathers had gone from where the guinea was killed at our front door to the tree in the woods. The tree had a big hole in it, and the trail of light colored feathers was easy to see going into the hole. But there was no nest in the tree. The monster must have sat in the tree and eaten guinea dinner?? Hmmm, that rules out fox, I think. I still do not think that raccoons are fast enough to hunt, chase and kill a guinea. But that's just my opinion. Owl, maybe? Today after doing the crime scene analysis of the latest guinea victim, we noticed the biggest, strongest guinea feathers were just sheared off in half. Something very strong grabbed that bird and ripped it's strongest feathers into 2 pieces like they were twigs. Hmmm, great horned owl??? Eagle? But it's a night hunter. Scratch eagle. Great horned owl. We will see tonight.
UPDATE! UPDATE! BREAKING NEWS!
Just as I was writing about the monster, it attacked outside. I honestly didn't hear anything inside the house. With the new windows we have, noise doesn't travel inside at all. Randy just came in to replace flashlight batteries. He said suddenly all the guineas screamed and flew out of the pine tree, scattering all over the yard. And of course Randy's flashlight started dieing at that moment when he turned it on. He never saw or heard what scared the guineas. Luckily he was able to pick up the white male guinea off the ground and put it in the chicken pen for the night. One is safe. The hunt continues into the night.
In other news, today we got 4 Rhode Island Red chicks and 4 Cuckoo Maran chicks. We wanted some dark brown eggs. And so we will have 8 new chickens in our flock. Probably 4 will be roosters anyway and we'll sell them! We gave the chicks to 2 of the broody hens in the chicken/keet nursery.