We ended up with 3 hatchlings from the guinea eggs that we retrieved from the unattended nest and put in the incubator. They are in the guinea shack nursery and growing like weeds.
And we only have 3 adult guineas left from the original 10 - sad but true fact of country life. Friends suggested that since the weather was warm, the other four were probably sitting on nests. However, they never exhibited good mothering skills before and would just leave the nest for long periods such as to get a drink & chase bugs or to roost at night so we couldn't imagine that they suddenly became good mothers. We have only seen the three for the past 2 weeks and only three roost in the guinea shack at night. We caught a possum in one of the live traps so we think he was the culprit and that the other four are goners.
Mark also built a more secure guinea shack. I think of the guineas as the bad kids of the farm - they wander out and about whereever they please ---they are so independent --- but they do come home to roost.
Many people who raise guineas are amazed that we've trained them to roost in their shack instead of the trees. The roost is in the leanto of the barn and originally was not enclosed. It is a platform about 2'x3' and an enclosed wooden box with one side open for them to get into if they wish -- all positioned near the roof so they fly up every evening. We also put a mirror up there so they could check themselves out - and they do. It's a hoot to watch 'cuz they are not exactly a beautiful bird (to us anyway) but they prance in front of the mirror. Anyway, since we've had issues with predatory critters we want to be sure the guineas are safe when roosting at night. Mark built the walls around the roosting setup already there along with a door that we can close at night. He also built a large nursery for the bigger keets to reside in until they are grown enough to be let out daily.
So the bad kids will be safe; and as you know, I do love my guineas. When the pheasants get older, they will share the guinea shack.
Did you notice that the guineas have a shack and the chickens have The Dot House? hummmmm