I've had numerous local folks who have told me that you absolutely can not keep guineas cooped up, that they will not roost in a coop and that they are "wild" and only roost in trees at night. And that you just have to accept the fact that you will lose lots of guineas to predators. Poppycock! I hatched my flock from eggs and raised them in a nice dry protected new coop where they stayed until they were about 8 weeks old. My old timers from that first hatching are now almost 8 years old, with the addition of a few youngsters from time to time. They go out and free range during the day, come back to the coop before dark and I lock them in until morning. I guess being a transplanted northerner those old southern wives tales don't apply to me or my birds. I must not be raising them right.