Today is the day!!! Are we ready?
Today is the day that the 12 teenage guinea keets go free to be adult guineas.
We have a rather large chicken pen, and the keets were raised by the chickens in the chicken pen and in the chicken coops. The 3 adult guineas, the parents and aunt and uncles of the keets, live free and wild. And now the keets will be free, too, to live as guineas.
Of course the keets don't understand.
They want to be chickens, living in the confines of the chicken pen and coops. They have to be shown what it's like to be a free guinea, roaming free over the fields, eating bugs, sleeping in the pine tree. They have so much to learn, so much a head of them. And their future begins today. With one small step out of the chicken pen.
Here we go...
First we had to round up all the guinea keets. The easiest way to do that was to confine them in the coop.
They didn't like being captured in the coop. They knew something was up.
We rounded up the adult guineas - we wanted them to see the keets going free, to guide them, to show them what it's like to be a guinea.
We had to find the adult guineas. There they are, way out in the field.
We rounded them up to the chicken pen area. Of course it rained this morning and the grass was all wet. Today was supposed to be mowing day, so the grass is tall, too.
And then we let the small guineas out of the coop into the chicken pen that we used as a mama and baby chicken pen. It's separate from the main chicken pen. The keets were cautious about this new area.
The chickens watch the keets intently from their side of the fence.
The adult guineas on the outside (left) watch the keets inside the pen.
And then we let the keets loose to be with the adult guineas. Of course the keets wanted only to return to the safety of the chicken pen. The chickens gathered on the inside of the fence, worried about their comrades on the outside.
Hopefully everyone does well as the keets transition to being adult guineas.
In these videos the keets are only thinking of returning to the chicken pen. It should be an interesting day today!
Hopefully soon the guinea keets realize they are not chickens, and they start enjoying their freedom.
Today starts a whole new life for our keets!