I am fairly guinea ignorant, but I am learning before buying so please be patient. I have chickens, meat rabbits, and dairy goats. We've spent a small fortune trying to control varmits and flys. I have read that the guineas will eat bugs and will chase off snakes and cats. Here are my questions. Can they safely live with my chickens? The coop is large and wired on one side. It's 1/4 of the barn with the east facing wall open to the barn isle but wired with chain link and welded wire. I'd only want the guineas in there at night. During the day I'd want them to have full run of the barn and property so they could run off the snakes that eat my chicken eggs, eat my baby rabbits, and drive me insane. I'd want them to chase off the feral cats that harrass my chickens in their coop. Can they eat the chicken feed if I also offer them their own diet during the day? Will the layer crumbles hurt them at all? I want to offer them feed in the day but take it up at night. They would have access to the chicken feed though. We don't have many big trees here. I have a few evergreens that work as wind breaks but not many over 7-8 feet. The area is pretty dry so there isn't much nutirtion in the grassy area but I do give my chickens some hay/alralfa now and then, plus mealworms and the guineas could have that too. Is the environment okay for guineas? Do they need lots of trees to roost in to be happy? After a week or so locked in the barn will they come back at night? There is a hawk that roosts next door in a neighbors tree. He is one of the reasons my chickens do not free range; that and the feral cats next door. Would the guineas be safe from the hawk or would they be at risk of being killed? Will they run off the feral cats? I've read they chase people's cats and I'd love it if they ran these mangy things off. I've trapped several but the ones left are to smart to come around the trap of when we are out with the gun. They come all hours of the day and night but I figured if the guineas would chase them off in the daytime they'd just stop coming around. Main snakes are bull snakes and small rattler type. I've killed off several each year and I've lost eggs to them as well as baby rabbits in their nest. Would the guineas chase them off? I don't care if they eat them or not, but I would like to have something besides my shovel and good timing to deter them. We don't have many mice in the spring-summer when the snakes are out but winter they all move from the crop fields to the barn. I know the guineas won't kill the mice & rats but will they chase them enough to help deter them? What so you guys use to deter rats whlie guineas free range? We have traps and poison but those seem dangerous if the guineas have access? Do you use the special bait stations that keep other animals out of the traps? Thank you in advance for any help you provide. We had a terrible fly problem last year. I used fly bait, sticky tape, and all types of stuff but they were all over the barn. Will the guineas eat the flies? Will they scratch and eat up the larve? I am not interested in tracking down their eggs so is it possible to have a few males live together in harmony? I know that may sound silly to some of you, but I worry the stray eggs from hens would attract more varmits. I only want a few and would simply replace them as they grew old. Are guineas friendly towards humans if hand raised? Any helpful tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I want to make sure they will fit our purpose and situation before we buy any.