First time guinea/chicken owner here. My 11 pearl guineas and 11 welsummer chickens are housed together in a 8 x 14 coop with a 14 x 24 covered run attached. I feel sorry for the chickens every night when I put those rowdy guineas to bed ...MAN, they make a ruckus! I am guessing they are 12 weeks old or so. Since I am housing them together, they are all on medicated chick starter since I moved them together about two weeks ago. They also get something from the garden every day -- usually a spagetti squash, since I dont particularly like them and have too many. BOY, do they go for that! I have only one chicken door on the coop, and I was initially planning to let only the guineas range free. Now, I am thinking that I will let them all out to range together, and the chickens could really start any time as they are home-bodies, but I want to wait for the guineas to be ready in another month so they can help protect each other with alerts, etc. More importantly, my dogs need a short course in bird etiquette before this happens.
Just wanted to state that I have been fortunate with the birds all getting along together just fine and that my birds are very good about all coming into the coop any time I go into the coop. I DO call BIRDIE BIRDIE BIRDIE and spread millet, but the guineas appear to be indifferent to the white millet. I really think they are just getting used to the routine. Like so many others, I am fearful and excited, at the same time, about letting them free range.