I have heard from a few people that guineas make excellent snake protection/deterrant/killers and am wondering if any of you have experience with this? I live on a big ranch in West Texas, prime rattlesnake country. I have a one-year-old son and am very nervous about him being out & about on the ranch because of the snakes. In the past few years we've lost many cats, several dogs and my mother literally had a rattlesnake fall ON HER HEAD as she walked in our kitchen door (it had somehow slithered up the doorframe & was sitting on the top of the screen door :-O ahhhhh). I have 24 chickens, and have plenty of room for the guineas to free-range to their little hearts' content, but would love some information on their snake-killing capabilities. Also, I've heard that guineas are very noisy, is this true? Thank you in advance!