I've been raising guinea fowl for 2-3 years now and I haven't had to ask too many questions lately, but encountered a noodle scratcher recently which is why I'm here. A few years ago I built a huge A-frame for my guinea but after about 18 months, the guinea made themselves at home with the chickens (whom free-range) in their chicken coop, and I let things be as they got along about 80% of the time.
Recently with Spring coming along, the hens did their normal thing of finding remote places to lay their eggs, and one of those places was the big A-frame. After the clutch of eggs rose to approximately 24, I noticed one hen laying on the eggs and remained doing so overnight. So the next morning, I woke up early and closed/locked the door to the A-frame.
My question is, should I leave this guinea hen alone in there with all those eggs? I noticed in prior Springs that the hens normally performed this laying ritual in pairs (or more than two). My wife thinks I should put a rooster in there with them for protection and company.
I noticed this afternoon, after I let the birds out to free-range, that the guinea roosters and hens I have went over to check on her. And when this happened, the nesting mother was pacing back and forth, obviously wanting to get out.
I'm wondering if maybe I shouldn't have waited a day or so.
Two years ago, two of my guinea hens share sitting duties on a bigger clutch of eggs in a field next to our house and before I go there to collect the newly hatched chicks, the hens disappeared - only to reappear a few days later with all the chicks missing. I just want to protect the little chicks this time if possible.
Thanks much to any suggestions or advice.