Wish i was more rural... am from Queens Ny but now live in Sunny Florida. I am totally freaked out by the flying coakaraoaches here.... ANyway, i have always wanted chickens and a goat...i have been anticipating that the goat will keep the lawn mowed and spare my 13 yr old from breathing the fumes from the gas powered mower...and give me organic milk and the chicks will supply the eggs someday... My 8 yr old went to play fiddle at the local pioneer festival and lo and behold....came back with 2 chicks! I love them!! But so unknowledgable. And i want to keep them together with the guinea pigs. Right now they are bored silly and in a lundry basket as we try to figure out how to make a cage, or coop that can accomidate both outside. Has anyone heard if one can give the other deseases? I read about all other farm animals sharing the same area but no guinea pigs. I read that as long as rabbits are above the chickens, that secnario works ok becasue the chickens move the rabbit poop around....but i have guinea pigs and they are not rabbits.. Any one have a set up that i can make in my backyard where these 2 can hang out together and it is easiest to maintain and sanitary...as i had them in the same cage indoors for a few minutes and they seem to enjoy each others company.. But the Guinea pigs poop so much and i don't know if the chicks will eat their poop and vise versa. I have a grapefruit and starfuit tree on the side of my house. and lots of bees in that area...and 60% of the day is sunny. at the back by the avocado tree is mostly shaded and the ground is 90% dirt. Some fire ants are here and there. Is there any book that talks about this? I am grateful for any direction or adivse.