I recently hatched some guinea fowl in an incubator. They are now 6 weeks old and living in a fairly big hut with attached run. I had done a little investigating before I got the eggs and understood that if the GF were raised by hand, and were used to going into a hut at night to roost, then they would continue to do so...however, they are now about 6 weeks old and would far prefer to roost out in their run than in the hut (the roost in the hut is higher than the one in the run), this makes me think that when I let them go free range they will chose to roost in the trees that surround our property instead of coming home. This wouldnt be a problem but we have a lot of pine martens and foxes here, and Im not sure if a GF is much of a match for these guys at night time when they are dozy.
Will Pine Marten kill them when they are full grown (likley I guess)?, would clipping their wings initially encourage them to come home?
Any advice gratefuly recieved, I love the wee guys and really want to let them go free to eat ticks, I dont want to keep them in a run indefinatley.