|White slow guinea female|
The missing gray female and the slow white female guinea were inseparable friends, until the gray female chose a mate and the white female didn't choose a mate. Right now the guineas are all paired up (I call it mated) and first thing every morning the mates go off by themselves in the woods and she lays an egg. Then they all meet back up in a group in our front yard and hang as a flock for the rest of the day. When the female feels there's enough eggs in her nest in the woods, then she'll go sit on them for a month, never leaving, until they hatch. And it's during that time that life is very dangerous for her. A fox or raccoon or hawk can easily kill her when she's an easy target, alone, sitting quietly in the woods. We have never let our guineas raise their own keets, instead we collect their eggs and let a broody chicken hen raise them. It's dangerous enough for the guineas, I don't want to risk letting a female die like that.
And so this morning I decided to go looking for the missing female guinea hen. I figured maybe she's alive, sitting, or maybe I'd find a sign that she had been killed, such as a clump of gray feathers or a destroyed nest with broken eggs, or something. Come along and check out what I saw this morning.
The woods were all wet, it's been a wet couple of days.
I did find ONE guinea feather in the woods, but it was from a different colored guinea- one of the darker ones, not the light gray female. And this was just one feather, not a big deal.
I did not find the missing guinea hen. The search will have to continue another day...