our guinea fowl are finally out of the brooder and free-ranging the property! so far, they prefer the barnyard, but we are encouraging them to prefer the garden as well, for pest-management purposes. we got guineas so that they would eat the grasshoppers and cabbage moths (et cetera!) that eat our crops. they’re a little slow getting the memo so far, but we’re working on it. they’re poultry, after all; intellectual speed is not their strong suit.
they are really fast on the ground, though, and good flyers, and just absolutely adorable. they are gentle with each other, and strongly prefer to travel all in a flock.
and a couple portraits: