I'm sure several have read where I describe Guineas as having a switch, one that is turned on as they reach maturity and Spring begins. When things can become quite exciting and in some cases entertaining or stressful. When Guinea males reach sexual maturity they vie for placement within the flock with the chase. Females become vocal and the incessant buck wheat calling is enough to drive sane people up the wall. I'm fortunate, I'm home with my birds. I get to see all of the phases they pass through. I love the chase. Watching these goofy birds hauling the mail, one chasing the other for long periods of time. But last week I realized something besides that this is genetic and its something they are driven to do. And it relates to roosters and Guineas. I've seen this before, one male taunting another trying to get that male to chase. He would dodge at the other and swing away quickly to race. Whenever the other male totally ignored him he'd give him a good poke. That would be enough to get the other male to chase him for about 40 feet. Not good enough so the one wanting to be chased went back to prodding and poking trying to get a rise out of the other male. Now imagine this is a rooster that the Guinea is trying to get to chase him. Since the rooster will not chase the Guinea will then begin poking and prodding at him. And one of two things happens, the rooster responds with a fight or he hunkers down and cowers which means the Guinea wins either way. Now think about roosters and what they do to gain dominance. If they are the only rooster they do nothing. If there is another a fight is likely to ensue. But there is no chase. Its a fight in to submission. With Guineas it appears that even if there is no other Guinea male to gain dominance on they are still driven to complete the cycle of who's on top. Its a right of passage, a mating dance of some type. If a rooster is the only one available or hens even, the Guineas turn their attention to them to complete the cycle. Have enough Guinea males as sparring partners and all of the threat is removed for the chickens.