I've probably scared off almost everyone with the posting title & set myself up, but here goes: I've been tempted to try guineas(s) out this year due to the warm winter here and the increase in bugs we're seeing already. I went to a poultry workshop this weekend and the instructor said that if you keep a single guinea--hen--with your chicken flock raised by a broody chicken or by hand by yourself, and you socialize it with you and the chickens from day one there won't be a problem with the guinea bullying the flock, and after a long acclimation period, the guinea hen will come back to the coop & flock at night. Is there truth to this? Could I brood a few guinea eggs under a good broody silkie, have her raise them, rehome the males at 8 weeks or whenever their calls come in, and keep one (with luck) female to be with my chickens, always in the run until about 6 months of age & out free ranging days, with a few chicken buddies, in again at dusk? Is this preposterous? I have a 2 acre property that's covered in pachysandra, vinca, is all hilly, and mostly wooded. Does this sort of property work for a guinea's insect needs? There is no grass. It's well-shaded, and there's plenty of cover from hawks. Will a guinea hen raised with very domestic chickens try to cross the busy road 500 feet from the coop, or will she fly to the forest across the creek? Will clipping wings make her want to stay with the chickens? A few loud "buck-wheats" during the day won't phase the neighbors at all, and cooped up at night are fine. We'd welcome the predator alarm and so would most of the neighbors. We have four roosters with our flock of about 30, all bantams.