Raising poultry is a remarkable experience. All the chickens have distinct personalities and mannerisms. There is definitely a pecking order.
Guineas are truly amazing to watch as they run around our 15 acres in search of ticks, worms, and other insects to eat. They're excellent fliers and serve as a great alarm system, squawking whenever predators come close. Their only downside is that are not skilled at survival in New England. I'm sure that staying outside at night works in West Africa, but in the forests of New England, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, fisher cats, and weasels want nothing more than to eat Guinea fowl.
Ducks are remarkable. They grow fast, live for water, and have distinct temperaments. Some of ducks are calm, some of our ducks are nervous. When we let the Indian Runner ducks out to circulate the property, it will be fascinating to see how they react to our wetlands.
At present we have 52 birds heading into the winter. Hopefully all will survive until Spring.