Good to hear from you. Sorry I haven't posted sooner - new kitchen extension building work and frozen water pipes make kept me very busy, oh and guinea fowl that don't like snow or frosty ground have been keeping me busy also. Just a note that my guinea fowl will not step onto snow if they can help it and when they came out of their hut this morning and it was frosty they flew straight up onto the bales!
My guinea fowl now know where their hut is ( the other day they were waiting outside the hut to be let in and will have a daily routine and a walk around the farm, fields, orchard and garden and then head back to their hut, if they are not where I want them to be then as Yanky said I take two sticks and with outstretched arms I guide them to the hut, I do this way before dark as my guinea fowl will fly up to the rafters of the barn where the bales are and although I think they are safe from foxes, the guinea fowl are exposed to the elements so I prefer to get them into their hut before they fly up!
Guinea fowl don't care for flying and only really fly when they want to get away from something so, they may not want to fly up to the house. I wonder if you can put treats into their house late afternoon or before it goes dark so that they get used to flying up to their hut on their own.
I assume you have the house raised so they can be left to roost on their own without fear of predators, however I think they would use a hut more if it was on the ground. Having said that my guinea fowl preferto roostin the rafters of the open barn rather than the trees in the orchard as the barn does have a roof, but no sides and so is alittle more sheltered from the elements. My guinea fowl do actually prefer most of all to go into their hut on the ground, but if I don't open the door in time (I leave the door closed in the day so that vermin don't get in.)they will fly up to roost somewhere.In the Summer I can leave them out between 6-8pm depending on foxes but in Autumn and Winter I get them in between 2-3.30pm. At the moment I go out at 2.30pm in the afternnon and they are ready to go in. I am lucky that I work from home so can go out and round them up or just open the door to the hut to let them in.
As Topveg & Mama have said guinea fowl will get to know where their house is if they are kept in it for up to 2 weeks before being let out and then if you can let just a few out at a time they will not go far and want to come back to the hut to be with the others. Guinea fowl really flock together as a group in the Autumn and Winter.
Guinea fowl can be trained in a few weeks to know where their hut is and where the food and drinkers are outside etc. As I have said my guinea fowl have a routine and a set walk they follow around the farm each day in Winter time.
Good luck with the training.
sara @ farmingfriends