We watched it for awhile during the dog walk and then I went in to get ready for work.
A few minutes later Mack came running in saying that we had work to do. I couldn't imagine what so finished dressing and rushed out. The Mama Guinea had hatched her eggs and left the nest. I haven't written about the mama guinea. She has been sitting on a nest under the elderberry bush in the driveway for the last 3 weeks. This morning she was in the driveway with her 12 or 13 babies (we aren't sure which--we never could count them) trying frantically to get everyone together and organized. The daddy was on the other side of the fence trying to help, the cats were a bit further out licking their chops and waiting for a mistake. The babies shot under the fence when we tried to catch them and the daddy took them under his wing. The mama, by this time, had made it under the fence and was dive bombing my head. I was wishing I had put on safety glasses. Eventually I caught all the babies. They are so tiny, just little fluff balls. If you grab them with your fingers, they crush, so you have to put your hand under them and scoop them up. I put them in a tub and tried to use them to lure the mother into a pen we had ready for them. She was so frantic, she couldn't catch on. She kept running back to the nest to look for the babies. Mack finally caught her and we put her in the pen with her babies. At first she panicked, because she though she was trapped away from her babies. But, then she realized they were hers. It took her a few minutes to organize them, but when we left she had everything under control. With all the excitement, we were a couple of minutes late to the store. I apologize if anyone was inconvenienced.