The author who proclaimed guineas will mosey through the garden "without harming a single tender leaf!" was dead wrong. (She also claims that guineas "don't scratch like chickens do", even though mine basically tilled the garden plot for me. If all else fails, I guess I can construct miniature mobile guinea runs that are precisely one row wide and utilize them as living tillers.) The guineas ate my okra, zucchini, and squash plants right down the the nub--everything they had access to at the time. I guess that's one way to control squash bugs--eliminate the attractant and you eliminate the pest. What they didn't eat immediately, they stomped to the ground. When I saw what was going on, I tried to protect the plants with poultry wire barriers, but they didn't hold up to guinea traffic. I have replanted and constructed sturdy guinea-proof cages to go around each plant out of 1" hardware cloth, but it's a lot of work, and kind of expensive. Until now, they've only had access to about 1/3 of the garden. We'll be expanding the guinea area to include most of the garden this weekend, so they'll be able to get to everything. There's no way I can cage every single plant. I was wondering if anyone has tried spraying plants with a soap solution to keep the guineas from eating the foliage. I know it works with some garden pests, so I have my fingers crossed. I'm thinking if I can keep the plants caged until they're big enough to withstand the traffic, perhaps I can train the guineas to believe that vegetable leaves taste bad by spraying them with soap. Any thoughts?