All I want to say is, WHAT HAPPENED TO SPRING?!
And yeah, what you can see if it from under Biddy-bird's butt. Tilde has a knack for picking the popular box, it would seem.
Oh man, nightmare fuel! I'd definitely not let anyone else in the chick room! Some people! What are you going to do with the chicks she possibly exposed to something?
I go by the 'look but don't touch' rule with introductions. I always keep my babies separated by fence for roughly 4 weeks, depending on how long it takes the big girls to start ignoring them. Never had problems with introductions using this method. And especially with Guineas, you'll want to introduce them gradually. Guineas tend not to receive newcomers well, not even newcomers of their own species in my experience. My Guinea fowl are about the same size as my LF hens, maybe a bit larger, so yes, the sizes should be similar once they're grown.
I love your story! So sweet! I thought about entering, myself, but what I wanted to enter with was too long and I didn't feel like editing it down. Oh, well. Good luck!
Edited to clarify
I guess y'all got snow? Please don't send it south.
Thanks for reading my story! I hope it makes the top ten, at least. Editing it down was tough. I hit 500 words on the nose.
Thanks for sharing your experience with introducing new girls. I will have to think about it. I wonder if I kept the old girls in the coop and let them watch the new girls in the yard from the safety of their run, if that would be a good start? Like, I could time share the yard between the birds? Or do you think I would want to have them up closer together to make sure they were truly ignoring one another?
I like my guinea cock and I don't. He's the one I worry about the most, for sure.