We have 26 guineas who (mostly) free-range- there is a short fence that they have to fly over and some of them just haven't "gotten it" so they hang out in the yard all day. But 20 or so of them do get out to free-range. Normally they stay in the woods around our house and often we don't see them for hours at a time but it is because they're quiet in the woods. Today we saw them down near the bend in our driveway which is unusual. We were on our way out, and apparently they decided to walk the rest of the way down the driveway, into the road (a bit less than a quarter of a mile from our house), up the hill, and into our neighbors' yards! They'd been there for hours but no one knew they were ours! We found out this evening that they were out there, and I had to herd them back down the road, up the driveway, and into the bird barn just in time for bed.
Obviously this is not something I want to repeat! I know they headed that way around noon, so I will be watching them around that time for the next few days to make sure they don't try to keep the same schedule. Any other advice? It's not like we have a shortage of good green stuff or ticks in the areas that they walked past, lol!
Also, anyone know how long it would take for pesticides to clear their bodies? Our plan was to start butchering a few this week (I would prefer 10ish guineas over 26!) but the garden I found them in had obvious white powder on some of the plants and it creeps me out thinking about them eating the pesticides and then us eating them. They're going to be switched to organic feed in a week or so now that I have a source.