When I was a child my dad raised chickens, ducks and guineas. I have since moved back to live on my dad's property (he's 87). I thought I'd get some chickens to start but they didn't work out. I love guineas, love their noise, love how wild they are and absolutely love they eat ticks! If guineas don't count as backyard chickens and I'm in the wrong forum then please let me know. I don't really remember much about taking care of them except you feed and water them daily. Any advice would be appreciated. I have 2 hens and 1 rooster. I just got them today and have them penned up until they acclimate to their new environment. I'm hoping to have them penned up for the winter and let them out in the spring. If that's not a good idea please let me know.