Those are pictures of Guinea nests I've found over the years to kind of help you see what to look for as you hunt Guinea nests of your own. As you can see, I placed a trail cam on one when they were in the coop for the night. You gotta be pretty slick because if there is one thing they're good at, it's keeping nest hidden! The nest in the next picture was started by a guinea but taken over by a chicken (it was pretty close to her coop)
There are a few things you should know about how to hunt Guinea nests:
1. Follow the Guineas to see where they hang out, but don't spook them. It might help if you have some scratch in your pocket to throw to the 'guard' guineas while the hen is on the nest.
2. The hen will sometimes sing to the 'guards'. Its a quiet but high pitched sing-song type of call. Almost like a trill. This can help you to pinpoint where she's setting.
3. The 'guards' will probably scream their heads off at you the first few times they see you. The'll get used to you the more you visit while they're doing their thing. Expect some straight up 'sound the alarm' screaming at first though.
4. For dumb birds they are pretty smart about warning the laying Guinea when you're near. It's almost like a game of hot-n-cold. The hotter you are the more they scream.
5. You're probably very hot if they suddenly take off in the other direction. A great diversion tactic, "follow me!" they seem to say as they run away from the laying hen.
6. Don't look directly at the laying hen! Funny isn't it? They can't know that you know where they are.
7. Come back later and find the actual nest.
8. Steal most of the eggs. Mark the ones you leave. If you take them all, she will find a new spot and the game starts over. If a predator gets the nest...the game starts over. You do not want this game to start over!
9. When a hen is missing (especially at night) check the nest. You might have to take her off the nest and back to the coop. To break the broody or not to break the broody is up to you. I find they stink as mamas and would rather break them....unless they try to hatch in the coop. Then I usually let them.
10. Picking up a setting hen might require gloves but it is nowhere near the blood bath most stories I've read indicate. Seriously...it's like giving birth, everyone has a horror story but it's often just a simple procedure. Pick her up making sure you hold her legs and tuck her wings in, carry her to the coop and put her in. (I do the football hold with the opposite hand holding her legs)
11. When you try to find a nest look in: piles of brush, downed trees, high grasses and ferns (usually after a few days they will have worn down the grass like a foot path...follow the path) piles of branches, under pine trees, under bushes.
12. Also check: under the coop/barn, behind the log pile, behind the garage, behind the fence, in rarely used kids playhouses, under the tractor, under overturned wheelbarrows and such. Anywhere they have protection on at least one side that nobody really messes with often.
That should help you get started with your nest finding. Any questions...just comment or email me. Happy nest hunting!