Right now, I have my 7 6-week old guineas in the same coop as my 11-week old chickens. They are separated by some mesh and have never been together. I've thought about combining them, but then realized it would be difficult to let my guineas free range when the time came. I just built my coop and thought I would have this avian sanctuary. I'm starting to think it would be easier and more practical to coop my guineas in the old pen that has been on the property for a while(I just bought the house this year). I could easily let them out without worrying about the chickens loose and they could go "home" to protect themselves if something came flying down(hawks for instance). I would lock them up at night. This is the perfect scenario in my head......
1) They've been living in the chicken coop for 3 weeks and I think they feel that is their home. The door came open once, and they did not leave. They also escaped through the mesh, but wanted back in. Are they still young enough that I can re-home them and the new place will feel like they should live there? I really don't want them roosting in trees at night.
2) What's the best way to handle guineas to move them? They are hard to catch and I don't want to hurt them(or hurt me).
3) The new place is well secured with hardware cloth, but does not have full walls. It's great for summer because they can cool down, but for winter, what would be best?
4) I've been feeding them 30% protein exotic game bird starter. The bag is almost empty, should I continue with this or buy something else?
Any responses would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.