I have another training question. We have raised some guineas which are
now old enough to release. Unfortunately, Jacob is convinced that they
belong in the brooder! Whenever one has escaped, he chases it down and
catches it so we can put it back where it "belongs". This behavior has been
very helpful up to now. We released the birds this morning, but he is very
upset and doesn't want to leave them loose. I kept him next to me for
awhile, purposely letting the released birds go by his nose repeatedly,
while I told him "It's okay, Jacob. Leave them ALONE." He obeyed pretty
well till he saw one run across the field away from the brooder--and he was
straining desperately to go after it again. Jenny has gotten the idea
pretty fast, but she has lived with ranging poultry before (chickens).
Jacob never has. He also has a strong tendency to want livestock to stay
put--cows, goats, chickens, whatever--even if they are allowed free range
he defines their "territory". He usually doesn't tolerate loose livestock
moving where he thinks they don't belong. He has learned that the guineas
are livestock. And that they belong in the brooder.
Any ideas on how to help him understand that the rules have changed now, at
least as far as the guineas are concerned? Is it even possible? The
purpose of haveing guineas is to allow them free range of the farm for
insect (especially tick) control--if we can't release them they are fairly
useless to us.