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I have never had a guinea hen but this past winter one showed up on my porch and has not left since. We love having her and she has been pretty self sufficient. She has found her own safe places at night around my house and I have just helped by feeding her seed to supplement when she couldnt find food over the winter. Recently she had been hard to find and I thought she may have left or been killed. I wound up finding her and a nest hidden under a bush in front of my porch. I have heard the eggs would be blank because there is no male. What will happen when she realizes the eggs will not hatch? I have so many questions but this is where I will begin
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Sorry it took so long to answer your question. Feel free to ask all you want and I will try to respond.


Since you don't know when she went broody it may be hard to know when she should quit. They are usually pretty persistent about staying with their eggs. If you are sure there are no male guineas in your neighborhood then it might be best to go ahead and break up the nest. If she is in an unprotected spot she is vulnerable to any predators that may wander by.

On the other hand, if there are males around then it's possible she may have fertile eggs. It takes 28 days for the babies to hatch. When you are sure she has been on the nest longer than a month then just chase her off the nest and destroy the eggs.


Let us know what happens.  :)

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Thanks so much for the info. I first found her nest last Sunday the 10th and there were 18 eggs. There has been no change in the number of eggs as of today. I do see other guinea hens in the area but they are about a mile away. I have noticed that she leaves the nest late morning everyday to do whatever she does but she always comes back within the hour. The spot she found is pretty protected from other prey as she is hidden under a bush and has my porch on 2 sides to protect her from being seen. I guess I will just hang tight to see what happens. Is there anything else I should be doing for her or are they self sufficient? I will keep you posted on her progress.
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   The only other thing I would recommend is to have food and water where she can find it without having to be gone from the nest too long. Just don't put food too close to her nest because that could draw in a predator.

A mile away may be a little far for most guineas to travel for breeding. But you never know with ones that have become wild. She evidently came from a flock somewhere and she might know how to get back there to be bred. But for some reason she has made your place her home.

If she hasn't added any new eggs to the pile in the last week then she is full on broody. All we can do now is wait.:/

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