Warning - this post contains photos of a dead guinea hen. Turn away if you don't want to see.
We are still recovering from losing 3 guineas this week. It breaks my heart to see my birds dead. They were such sweet and friendly birds. They didn't deserve to be killed like this.
This is the remains of one of the gray female guineas. Just a bunch of gray polka-dotted feathers. Her body was never found.
The white female guinea girl was killed just feet from our front door. I loved that guinea girl.
The white guinea girl's body was found in the woods. Be believe a fox attacked her and she ran from her attacker and managed to hide under brush where the fox couldn't reach. Smart bird. She died from the terrible injuries already inflicted on her.
This is the white guinea girl. It doesn't bother me to autopsy a bird after it's dead. It's very sad to know that she suffered before dieing.
Anyway, this is her back. The feathers were ripped out, and a big hole was ripped into her back. Ribs were broken. A bite, or multiple bites, with strong jaws did this damage.
This is her belly. Feathers were ripped out. Multiple small bite marks and sharp teeth marks. A bite mark from a small jaw can be seen, leading us to believe it was a fox. Lots of subdermal bleeding.
We've setup a radio playing a talk-radio station outside where the guineas sleep and hang out. We are going to setup live traps. It's tough because we live in the woods. There are other animals here. We can't get rid of all the wild animals. If a fox doesn't kill the guineas, a great horned owl could, or the raccoons that visit us every night. This happens every year here.
On a good note, we still have all those eggs that we collected from our guinea girls...