Hi, I had been planning on getting guinea keets this Spring. I live on a ~2 acre mostly wooded lot that is loaded with ticks (the main reason for getting the guineas). However, I've been having trouble finding someone in MA that has keets (or will have them near term) and for a number of reasons I don't want to mail order them. Someone from a local poultry group suggested bantams instead. So: Are bantams hearty enough to free range here without getting taken out regularly by cats and hawks that wander through? Will the bantams take care of roughly the same number of ticks? I don't care about the intrusion detection guinea sound alert. So as far as bantams go, that's fine. Basically, I'd like to let out a half dozen birds in the afternoon each day and let them clear ticks until the evening without having to watch them. Thoughts? Thanks!