Originally Posted by rifleman
The reason for this question is that I've had free rage chickens for years and have had hawks try to get my chickens but have never actually killed any of them,the rooster does a good job of alerting.
But since I've introduced some Guinea's to the flock I have lost 2 of them to hawks.
never had hawks try to grab my birds. I rarely see a big bird but I dont think a hawk got to mine, it's possible, but we have coons and possums and wolves around where we live, we live right next to woods.
To answer your question, I don't see how there is a difference of ratio of a guinea bird being grabbed over a chicken bird. It's the same chance you risk when you free-range. We got cats too and we got rid of one black kitten who was about a year old who we were sure was killing our birds and for quite a few months, the dissappearances stopped. Now we see a new cat around that is not ours or our neigbhors' cat, we asked and the cat sticks between our two houses; Lahgkeish, a black-sex link is missing, before I could take her picture.
I had 4 guineas and I free-ranged them. One got ran over, two disappeared and now for a long time I only had one female guinea. I do plan on getting more guineas for her. But she does love to hang around our chickens for now. The rooster is her protection, she sticks closest to him. ;) I dont see the rooster have sex with her but the google internet search claims they can have half guinea, half chicken babies, I dont even know where the guinea hens been nesting. No guinea eggs for me. In the future, I will cage them and clip the wings so they dont jump the fence only. I hate the idea but I don't want them dying in the day time, at night, I'll have them cooped up with the chickens. That's what my guinea does now, sleep with the rest of the chickens.