Pros: Great Mothers, Good Looks, Very Hearty
Cons: Great Mothers, a little loud
I bought a pair of Hatch Hens and their 9 chicks at an auction. I had never dealt with Games before. The mothers were very loud and protective of the babies and would attack any bird that got within a 5 ft radius. This was a little dissapointing considering my aviary has lots of birds that all walk and mostly get along together. These two girls had all the other domestic birds so terrified, that they all stayed on the opposite side of the aviary. The new girls even attacked me at first, but that behavior was quickly corrected (non-violently). After a few days I had to take the chicks away, and the mothers calmed down within a day or so and are now a lot friendlier and easier to deal with. Pretty birds.
The new girls did make the mistake of picking on the grown Guinea hens. We did have a little pecking-order fight a couple of times and the girls now know that you don't mess with the Guineas.
The chicks were brought into the house and are currently being raised there. The chicks are real sweet and curious. They love to be picked up and cuddled. They will go back outside in a few weeks.