So I have these 6 guineas... They hatched the 2nd week of July. I kept them in untill last week. I also did some conditioning so they would come get treats (meal worms) when I call them. It worked. I was worried they might take off. They just seemed so wild compared with our chickens and geese. Well I can't get them out of the barn! The geese and chickens are out all day. And come back in to sleep. I don't know, am I just impatient? On another note, they are so sweet and friendly. Not spooky or flighty at all. My children adore them.