I never had any experience with chickens or any other kind of poultry until Otto came into my life. I got him as a keet in July. I kept him outside but in a large birdcage for aobut three weeks, then he was moved to the fenced in garden where I had an old dog house with hay in it. He was allowed to roam the garden during the day (about 25 by 50 ft.) and was enclosed in the doghouse at night with a fence over the opening. He always had feed and water near him. I have read lots of stories on here about guineas being almost feral etc. I have to say I'm glad Otto doesn't know that. Visitors at my house cannot believe that this bird (whose quite large now) comes when I call him, went into his 'house' at night very easily and also sits on my shoulder, settles down in my lap etc.(and nope not once has he left any droppings on me!) One day while in the garden I had a mosquito on my bare arm, Otto was walking by and very gently but fast as lightning reached out and snapped it up. I felt nothing! He has never pecked me or shown any aggression. When I am in the garden he follows me like a dog, foraging near me or rolling in the dust; at times he will settle down near my knees and close his eyes! He loves his back scratched between the wings! All summer he wandered around the garden and ate bugs and never scratched up any plants.....but weeds he ate like crazy. How does he know the difference? I got him a mate (Hilda) who was a couple months younger than him and they bonded well. Hilda did not bond to me as Otto did but as she stays near him she is also use to me. Now with winter coming on I moved them to a chicken coop with a fenced in run (the run is fenced as a roof as well). They adjusted well, nights are in the coop and days spend in the run. I throw lots of leaves and grass clippings in the hay as well as supply food and water in the coop. They are doing great and really seem to be content. Maybe it's because I spent lots of time with Otto when he was young and that I have only the two but I must say, for not knowing a thing about poultry I am really pleased with raising these two. Plus I have all the fertilizer I need for my compost and a bug-free/snake free garden!