|The bravest Guinea (on the right) takes a peek at the big outside world.|
This is important because we have so many predators, all willing to eat them.
|It took several hours, but they finally all made it out the door.|
They are the funniest things; cautious and always moving as a unit.
|Out the door and looking around.|
It took nearly three hours before they finally dared to venture out!
|They finally worked their way around the posts and fence, and|
into the sunshine.
The first day I let them out in late afternoon, for just a few hours. They were uncertain about the fence in front of the door and had to be coaxed back inside at dinnertime. Fortunately they have learned the sound of the birdseed millet being shaken in the container. That got their immediate attention and they were ready to follow me anywhere!
The next day I let them out around noon and it didn't take long before they were out and exploring. They made their way to the front of the quarter acre buck pasture and discovered goats and chickens! Best of all, they made their way back to the buck barn all by themselves in the early evening. Food, water, and their beloved mirror are in the barn and, of course, that's where they get their "treat."
Day three I let them out earlier still, and they spent it in busy search and eat activity. I understand guinea fowl have quite a range and I'll gradually expand where they're allowed, unless they figure out now to jump fences before that. As long as they can find their way home at night, I'll be happy.
The Guineas Big Day © September 2013