Our guinea keets that we hatched from eggs are turning into teenage guineas. They've been integrated with the chicken flock for a while now. The mama chicken hens no longer are mothers to them. Just recently we've encouraged them to start sleeping outside the chicken coop in the tree that's inside the chicken pen, so they are still protected from night monsters. They are starting to make guinea sounds, too, and are losing their baby voices. Raising keets from eggs has been a great experience for me since I raised their parents, too.
We appear to have 7 lavender (gray colored with white dots), 4 pearl gray (the dark ones), and 1 all white keet. The dark ones are changing from brown feathers to dark grey, and they are looking rough right now. They will be beautuful they they are adults. Right now we don't have any adult pearl gray guineas - I'm so happy we got some eggs that belonged to our pearl gray guineas before they were killed.
I love the light blue eyes!
Yesterday it was over 100 degrees F outside. Randy was feeding the birds frozen corn. We appear to have quite a few birds right now, but most of them are teenage keets and chicks.
I love how the rooster stands back on the right and lets everyone else eat.
Here are the 2 adult boy guineas. They are very lonely now. The White Boy is the leader, but there's not much of a flock, with just 2 of them. They finally have become friends.
And here's our 1 female adult guinea. She's broody. She's sitting on a clutch of 15 eggs. We've decided to let her hatch out her own keets. We'll see if she makes it. It's dangerous for her to sleep alone out in the woods overnight, sitting on the ground, blind. Guineas are very blind in the dark. Sometimes we discuss taking half her eggs and giving them to a broody chicken hen, so we know at least half of them may live. We have heard it's tough for keets and mama guineas in the wild, with fox and owl and coons out there in the woods.
Bella the chicken hen is broody again. She was the mama to half the guinea keets which are now teenagers. Bella's always broody. I guess she likes being a mommy. She's very hormonal right now. She would be the bird that we give the guinea eggs to hatch, if we give guinea eggs to anyone.
So we'll see what we decide to do with the additional guinea keets, if they live.
We're taking it one day at a time in this summer heat...