Lloyd; Mr Pinker Snr. had some Guinea Fowl inside his fox proof fence, round the laying pens.
I'm not honestly sure what he put them there for. But I do remember they all got over that seven foot fence within a week, spooked by our day to day comings and goings, and were never really seen or heard of again.
Despite that, I want to get some myself, once I've settled and prepared a place for them. I'll keep mine penned in what's to be my poultry enclosure. Like the chickens, I want them primarily for looking at. They do say however that they make highly voiciferous and alert Guard Fowl. Not sure about the fox thing though.
Intresting ill have to get speaking to him
Even if they dont scare old Charlie thell still look nice strowling around the shoot
Oh and Billy bunter
Just like ditchy said make sure you keep on top of pests and predators. Put some plastic bags and a few mirrors around to deter the buzzards and other Birds of Prey.
My pen has lots of cover brambles/holly/hawthorn etc and in some spots needs a fair bit more
I would start putting a few Hazels,Brambles,Hawthorn,holly. Coppice the Hazel and it give the birds a bit of cover to hide in. By the looks of it theres not much natural perching spots so the hawthorn and all that should give them a perch.
In 2 or 3 sesasons where going to start to look at building a second pen in a small wood with but i need to get planting first
My shoot has only one hundred and a bit acres but we tend only to use 60 acres of that.
Good luck mate and hope your Pheasants and Mallards supply a lot of sport and fresh game