Well, after raising guineas since spring and after having horrible losses due to a pair of Cooper's Hawks...I finally was left with 5 guineas that seemed to be pretty good about lofting in the barn at night and looking out for hawks and dogs during the day. I have 41 keets in the brooders ready to add to this small flock when the keets get larger and I thought things were going fairly well. Out of the blue out of the woods marched a flock of 12 guineas of similar size and age and my guineas quickly mixed in with them. I was curious to see if those guineas might have "wandered off" from somewhere else and might join my guineas in the cozy barn with all the crumbles and fresh water or if my guineas would wander off with these new interlopers. I "think" my guineas separated from that flock and roosted in the barn that night and the next day I saw all 17 out wandering around together. Last night after dark I wend out to the barn with a flash light to see if I had just my guineas, all 17, or none at all. Well, I had none at all. I hope that they were locked up safely in a neighbor's coop and not up in a tree somewhere. Anyhow, I haven't seen them today. If they come around I'll try and heard them all into the barn and get my guineas out of the flock and lock them back up in the loft until my new keets are large enough to add to their flock. I hope the neighbor (I have no idea who owns these new guineas) didn't lock them all up in an attempt to imprint my guineas on his/her coop...not that it seems necessary. Odd how quickly and easily my guineas took off with these guineas. It makes me suspicious about the 7 that disappeared while I was out of town for 3 days. I wonder if they took up with some other neighbor's flock. There did used to be a lone pair that wandered through on occasion and they were much older and larger than my little guys at the time. Anyhow, I wanted to post this in case someone had a similar situation and was wondering what would happen. Also, apparently it is pretty easy to add new guineas to your existing flock as mine sure seemed to go happily. It might help that they are all (all 17) not fully mature.