Hi, First off I am new on BYC and have read so many of the posts in the last couple of weeks and really enjoy all the information! It has been about 18 years since I had guineas or chickens but got a few last fall because I got a tick disease and landed in the hospital for 4 days last summer. We live on a farm so it is impossible to clear the ticks out of all the pastures, orchard etc but I am hoping they will help up around the house, garden and maybe even the orchard. This is the first spring for the guineas although the hens are older. I have a question about one of our guineas -- haven't figured out if it is a male or female yet-- but it has been acting sickly for about a month or two. Stays by itself and walks with head down much of the time. Then about a week ago I found an egg in one of the chicken nests that didn't have a hard shell and next to it was a tiny egg -- also with no shell and about 1 1/4" long at the most. Now the sickly guinea is acting just fine-- staying mostly with the other 4 guineas and it is hard to tell which one was the sick one. Do you think the eggs w/out shells were from the guineas (they are about 7 months old) and would that have caused the guinea to act sickly (getting ready to start laying) We have 5 guineas -- 2 male and 2 female and one that I can't figure out yet. Any ideas, Thanks!