My guineas are 4 months old! They have been doing well putting themselves to bed every night after free-ranging all day. The sqwalking noise has slightly decreased, but I think that's because they spend most of their time wandering around the place.
When I am out in the yard they stay in my area. Not right next to me, but in the vicinity. If I move around the yard they will follow me. The best is when they take off and fly to catch up with me. I make sure to sneak out of the driveway when I go for my run or walk. A few will eat millet out of my hand, but I don't do that much because they peck so hard now.
I was gone for the beginning of Oct and had two local kids come by to feed and water the birds once a day. They weren't allowed to free-range, and only had access to the coop and their pen. My dad fortified the pen with 3 foot of chicken wire over the chain link along the bottom and laid another 1 ft on the ground. We put logs along the bottom edge. Since the coop door was open all the time, I wanted to be sure nothing could get into the pen. After 13 days of heavy guinea fowl traffic, the grass that was left turned black!
I love it when the birds fluff up their neck feathers. It makes me think they are wearing boas.
One huge thing happened today that very few non-fowl people would appreciate...my birds drank from my nipple water system!
After failing to get the birds to use my nipple water system earlier this summer, I decided to take it out and give it another shot, as it would be perfect for the winter. I removed their regular water font, and secured the nipple system to the wall, which I hadn't done the last time. I made sure to put it at eye level and start them with a drop. By chance I had some time to just watch the birds by myself, which is unusual. They went into the coop to check things out, so I hung out by the door. After a few minutes, Snow White went over and pecked twice. Then a lav did the same, followed by two more. I was so psyched. I felt like cheering.
Here's my bucket. It's hanging by a bracket and secured with the chain. The metal cone is fitted on top to keep the birds off the top.