We want guinea keets, but we were thinking about starting with them next year. We're completely unfamiliar with raising guineas. However, we have tons of ticks on our property and we definitely like the idea of having critters out there to eat the ticks! Is there a good resource for guinea info? Such as, is mid-September too late in the year to safely raise guineas? Do they need a brooder now, with 55-degree nights? When can they be out in the cold without worry about freezing? What kind of shelter do they need? What do they eat? Also, would I be better off getting them this fall, so that they're adults next spring, or waiting to order them from one of the hatcheries next spring, so that they have the entire warm summer to grow into adults. At what age can they free range? (We would put them up at night, if that's what they prefer. See above question about housing.) We currently have about 40 chickens and one duck. (soon to be two ducks again. coyote just ate one of them.) We have a great pen for the chickens and ducks and a covered pen at the back of the barn for our cows that's adjacent to their pasture. I don't want to get guineas and then have them fly off in search of more appealing digs. Is five acres enough to appeal to guineas? My dad said he had guineas as a kid but then, when they were big enough, they flew off to the nearby river and never returned to his family's farm. Thanks in advance for any advice for a newbie to guineas.