It's kind of weird, my FIL is a manipulator with his family but nice to everyone else. He knows I have a lot of excess guineas. I figured I might try selling a few. However, the 2 oldest ones were brought to the Amish by DH and his FIL along with some of FIL's ducks for processing because they were picking on the younger birds and generally being mean. Apparently, they were seen at the Amish by someone (we'll call Mr X) dropping off some chickens, and he asked whom they belonged to. MY FIL's name was given. Mr X looked him up in the phone book, called and told him he had 4 male guineas and wanted to know if FIL wanted them. Well, FIL explained they were mine, so next thing FIL calls me with Mr X's phone number. Now I do NOT need any more male guineas and I told dear FIL that. Next thing I know FIL has DH (who was there helping with the farm work) calling MR X and between the 3 of them have arranged to give MR X 2 of my females. FIL will take 2 of his males, and FIL will also get 2 of my females. I'm still not quite sure how to feel about this. DH says to consider it a good will gesture to keep us on FIL's good side. Plus I'll "know" someone local with guineas besides me. (I also get the impression that this Mr X thinks we're getting the better end of the deal because his male guineas are older than my guinea hens.) Okaaaay? So far I only know for certain that I have 10 females out of 48. This will leave me with 6. But would I be bad to give away only pearls and keep the lavenders for myself?