Can a guinea raise a chick?
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Our guineas are laying on the coop floor. (In an excellent area that we can partition off when they start brooding. Yay!) BUT... Our wacky little mottled houdan chicken has decided she's a guinea and is laying her eggs with the guineas. I've been taking her eggs out, but the guineas should start brooding soon. My questions - if I can't get the houdan's eggs out from under the guinea after she starts to sit, and chicken eggs do hatch, what will a guinea mama do with a chick? I know it's popular, the other way around - to have chickens raise guineas, but has anyone ever had a guinea raise a chick? Thanks!!!
Part of the problem with leaving chicken eggs under a guinea is the chicken eggs hatch in 21 days versus the 26 - 28 days for guineas. It is possible that the guinea hen would leave the nest before her own eggs would hatch once the chicken eggs hatch.
So yes guineas can raise chicks successfully....
The next day I threw out some scratch and the Guinea hen left the nest to get some and I took her two eggs out of the nest, leaving eight chicken eggs. I have hatched lots of chicken eggs under Guineas, but never the other way round.