After having (for the first time) a half dozen guinea hens for a year and half I lost them all to a predator--probably a fox--within a couple of weeks at the end of June. This much to the dismay of 3 cocks owned by a neighbor that visited us--and often spent the night even in 30 below weather, Fortunately just as I was losing the hens I rescued 6 eggs and put them in my incubator, However, I became concerned as to whether I'd get a hatch (it is a Nova-Bator with air circulation and automatic turner that has produced good results in hatching chicks) as some of the eggs had sat for a time. So I went to Purely Poultry and ordered 15 keets to be sent on the 6th. Of my 6 eggs, two hatched, two pipped but the keets died, and 2 were unfertilized so, by end-week, when my delivery arrives, I'll have 17 guineas. Assume they all make it I have a feeling that might be a few too many. I know this sounds nuts but once I turned those 6 (plus 3) out in the spring the incidents of deer ticks on my two outdoor cats dropped to zero from about 1 a week the previous summer. And, as noisy as they can be, I do miss the sound--we got used to them but I'm not sure the neighbors did. Hopefully this time I can do a better job of protecting them.