We never thought we would see this day - when the guineas would go out the door on their own, go down the ramp and go into their electric fenced yard all by themselves (without us chasing them out of the house) and then go back in at night (and several times in the day) before the door automatically shuts. 

They are the most skittish birds I've ever seen.  So far, they have flown out of the electric fenced yard only once and that was the first day.  One flew over, the other 7 called it back and then my husband raised the fence to let the one back in.  They haven't done it since.  I'm sure they will, but for now we hope they get used to the electric fenced area long enough to realize where exactly "home base" is. 

We plan to eventually take down the fence and let them just roam, we just wanted them to learn to return to their house before nightfall so they could be safe.

They have definitely been our most chellenging birds (even just getting them through the first crucial weeks - we lost 1/2 of them). 

After all of the time and investment we really don't want to lose them to predators.  They are fairly easy to herd back to their house especially if I have their favorite mealworm treat in hand.  Wondering if that won't be more challenging once they have the roam of the land.

Happy farming!  Fall is near and we are loving the change of the season. 

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Comment by Oak Grove Valley Farm on October 23, 2013 at 8:24am

Update on guineas - they have learned where home is and make it back to their house each night.  Had to chase them out of road already.  I was like "seriously, you have all this land right behind you and you want to stand in the road?"  We go to all the trouble to try and protect them from predators and they want to get taken out by a car?!  Last night one was in fenced in turkey yard, other 7 were in their house as it was approaching nighfall.  Had to get the one out and she made a b-line for the house where all 7 came out and chased her around the house several times.  Seriously strange birds but I love them!

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