It took over a week for them to finally go outside... everything new scares these guineas! They are so skittish! A guinea trait, I'm finding out. But now they love being outside.
Hubby built this quick run so they could get outside - we can move it between the two coop doors. If he encloses the end next to the coop, we could eventually use it as a chicken tractor and move it around the property. We will have a larger fenced coop area but we may not get that done before winter. Definitely by next spring, when I hope to get my first chickens.
I'm hoping by next spring the guineas can free-range during the day. By then, they should be big enough to hold their own against the cats* and dogs. I hope. Fingers crossed. The cats haven't even discovered them yet, at least to my knowledge. The dogs definitely want to "get 'em". Not good.
*Barack killed a juvenile pheasant a month ago. They are not small. I was quite surprised. But he IS a big cat.