After keeping my guinea pair confined for 5 weeks, I finally let them out on Monday, cock first, and a few hours later, after he had returned to the barn several times, the hen. They did not come back to the barn, so far as I know, except for wandering around a bit, though they hung right around the barn and yard area. The hen had been laying eggs nearly the whole tiime they were confined, and had shown signs of actually nesting, i.e. laying her eggs in one spot instead of everywhere, so I was surprised that they didn't return to the stall. On day 4, I saw them in the evening strolling up the lane. The next morning, only the cock was around. I haven't seen the hen now for 3 days. The cock is quiet, ot frantic like he was when he was out and she was in, but I'm trying to figure out if that's because he knows where she is or because he's depressed. He doesn't even chase the chickens around anymore. I've searched everywhere for her and found nothing--not hen, not nest, not feathers. How does a cock typically act when he loses his mate? Is this wandering around quiety typical of a cock in mourning or a cock that knows where his mate is? Another question: Someone offered me a guinea hen with a flipped foot, suggesting that maybe because she can't move very fast and typically just hangs close to the barn that maybe she'd be less likely to disappear. Thoughts?