I acclimated everyone slowly and everyone seemed to be getting along fine and the Rooster's were/are very docile but they seem to have fallen into a habit of tag teaming the 3 chickens.....the bigger brother Marans pounces on the squawking hen while the lil' brother pins her head to the ground with his beak. The hens are fairly strong and more often than not squirm out of the way sideways and take off but the din is deafening.
About 3 weeks ago one of my Guinea hens turned up lame and was getting run over by the mob as she hobbled trying to get away from me or anyone else. There was no visible break or blood but her toes or lower leg didn't not respond to palpating. I isolated her in my bathroom in a small animal cage to limit her mobility and since then, though I've observed her with her toes splayed and leg extended towards the floor, she has yet to put any weight on it. 4 days ago she laid her first egg. I'd always read that Guineas don't lay in winter months but she's laid an egg each day so this leads me to believe that her injury was not sustained by catching it in the chain link fencing or the coop ladder but rather by being mounted by this big, burly Marans, Hardy .with help from his wrestling partner Laurel!
I can't afford the avian vet visit (even if we HAD one in-county) to see if it's an out of place tendon issue with my little girl or a bad sprain or what but needed to see if anyone out there has any suggestions on what more I could do to alleviate her current situation. I've increased her calcium intake (this morning she laid a soft shell egg and when I gave her a scoop of oyster shell she dove into it headfirst!) which I should've done WEEKS ago for her leg situation but spaced that....
As far as the rest of the Guineas go, they have a place where they can go to get away from Laurel and Hardy and today I counted the Guinea cocks and have 5 with 7 hens (3 died in a horrific drowning accident). None of the cocks have been aggressively courting the hens (that I can tell, anyway) though several days ago 2 of the cocks seemed to be chasing a third most of the afternoon until I separated them into different gated parts of the fenced yard. Yesterday and today they all seem back to their normal weird Guinea selves, chattering up a storm back and forth when the cats show up to patrol the property perimeters and basically just business as usual though they, too, were exceptionally happy to see oyster shell show up in the pen as well!
Any and all suggestions and/or advise will be greatly appreciated!!