So I started with 6 adult guinea hens, 3 royal purples, 3 pearls, free ranging, bless their little tick-hunting hearts. within a couple of days I had 3 royal purples, 2 pearls and a large pile of feathers in the middle of my lawn. I figured it's probably a hawk Every day or so I'd count... yep still 5... for about a month. then over the next 3 days I went from 5 to just two royals. no feathers, no bodies, just missing hens. didn't see any more feather piles, but didn't see the other guineas either. that was about 2-3 weeks ago. and then, this weekend, I'm back up to 3 royals and one pearl! I'm guessing that the prodigal guineas were off being broody... and although there are no keats, perhaps they're done and decided to return to the flock. So... my questions: How long do guinea eggs stay fertile after being bred? I figure they were 4 or 5 weeks on my property before they went AWOL... and they had been with a mixed gender flock prior to that. any possibility that eggs they might be laying are/were fertile? How long do guineas set? I didn't write down the date they failed to show up for breakfast, but I'm guessing hey were gone between 2 and 3 weeks. that seems a little short for brooding time to me, but I'm used to ducks... Where does one look for broody guineas and nests? I've got two still missing and maybe they're setting out there in our yard somewhere, well camoflaged in their little ghillie, er, guinea suits. we've got pasture, some trees, some tall weeks, black berry bramble and lots of poison ivy. what sort of environment should I be hunting up? I read on another thread they often don't survive going broody... is that because they starve? how does one prevent that other than not letting them set (if one can find them...)? thanks for your help!