Looks like we made it! Guinea hen nesting/laying season is over, and everyone survived (most notably the humans who were trying to keep up with the learning curve). You can read our post about the start of nesting season by clicking here. Our two female guinea hens did challenge us with switching around of nests. We wanted to keep them in the nest close to the house, but since they both seemed to want to lay their eggs at the same time, they insisted on having a second nest (even though everything we read said that they would share one). In our last post, they had two nests with one near the house in the barn garden, and one behind the stone wall. We’d been wanting to cut down overgrown brush in that area, and hubby finally got around to that, and inadvertently destroyed that nest area (he thought he knew where it was, but he was wrong!).
We weren’t thrilled with the next location they chose behind the garage, but in the end we decided to let them keep that one (did someone say “uncle”? Mostly we were just giving up on the battle!). We were afraid they’d move further away again….they’d been spending a lot of time in the woods further from the house, and we didn’t want them moving to there.
Mostly the guinea boys kept a close eye on things, though towards the end it was Harry and Sally behind the garage and Harry was mostly good about being with her most of the time. I also tried to always check on them, and could occasionally be heard yelling at Harry to get over and watch the nest! We kept collecting the eggs for eating or selling, just sold our last dozen, and we are still enjoying some of them ourselves now (Luke still gets an egg every other morning for breakfast, and he’s fine with the guinea ones!). From the beginning, they consistently laid an egg every day, but then just over a week ago, they missed a day here or there, and eventually stopped completely.
I think the boys are just as happy to be done with nest watch, and now the flock sticks pretty closely together, cruising around the yard and in the woods, raising a racket here and there. Harry and Sally are sometimes still seen on their own, so I guess they are an official couple. They kind of seem like the parents of the group, more quiet and serious than the silly boys. They all seem to put a lot of miles on in one day, here, there, and everywhere, then back to the coop for a snack or a drink! In the short video below, they are quietly enjoying simply hanging out on the lawn, and all you can hear is the sound of the wind and their quiet happy chirping.
It’s also nice not to have to worry about them being out of sight when on the nest behind the garage. We did have a fox come through not too long ago, in that exact area. But the guinea hens alerted us to its presence and we were able to chase it off.
I can’t say that it’s totally peaceful…they can still get pretty noisy when they’re off in the woods exploring, but they seem calmer and happier overall! We enjoy both their happy chirping and their crazy squawking and we can all now relax and enjoy the rest of the summer!