New Guinea nest,
before it was ransacked

It’s not easy raising a guinea fowl family.
Following the loss of her four keets,
the guinea hen started over,
finding a place for a new nest.
We found an egg in the alpaca pen,
then an egg in the goat pen
and finally she settled on a site
in the corral,
again under tall grass and towering sunflowers,
which seemed safe.
It is next to the corral fence
and we’ve been able to keep an eye on the eggs.
Knowing the chances are narrow
for her to successfully hatch and raise keets,
we’ve been taking a few eggs at a time
and saving them to hatch in the incubator.
We now have about 20 eggs collected
and she still had a nest full—
until this week,
when the nest was disturbed,
eggs strewn around
and finally,
the next day,
gone.
Yet, there will be keets,
to return to the flock,
if all goes well.
Two incubated in the spring
are in a pen in the barn growing up
and now,
a group ready for the incubator.
We think, and hope,
that this is one way
humans can work with another species
to help it along.
Considering we took them out of their
native African savannah,
it’s the least we can do!