***Babies are almost 1 month old now and mom still has 16 of them, so she is doing pretty well.*** 2 years ago I bought 4 guineas, 1 didn't survive so I had three and 1 turned out to be a hen. Last year (her first year to breed) she had a nest in the front garden with 19 eggs, only 4 of the 19 eggs hatched, so I figured that maybe that was normal for a guinea, anyway I now have 7 guineas. The 4 youngsters from last year are real trouble makers. They won't stay home and they are always going around the neighborhood bothering the neighbors. When I see them out of the yard I send my dog after them to herd them home but of course they go right back to being bad. Luckily I have some really nice neighbors and they never complain about the guineas they just shoo them out of their yards when they see them. Last night my guinea hen who has been AWOL for several weeks came home with 17 chicks, I just about had a heart attack. What am I going to do!?! I can't control the 7 guineas I already have what am I going to do with 24? One of my neighbors told me that guineas are not good parents he said, "oh don't worry she will never raise them all", but my birds are excellent parents. All 7 of the adults are guarding and helping to protect the chicks, I feel pretty sure they will raise the whole brood. Good Lord....nobody told me that these birds breed like rats!!!! The babies are so cute, I mean there is nothing cuter than a baby right? But they have this very nasty habit of growing up and what is going to happen if next year one or more of the 4 from last year turns out to be a hen. I'll have 2 hens breeding and good Lord there is no telling how many of the 17 that just hatched are hens. This could get really ugly really quick!!!