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Two questions about guinea incubation

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I've have two very successful hatches (75%+) in my Genesis incubator using chicken eggs. Can I leave it at the same exact settings and maintain the humidity the same (followed instructions to the "T" in the owners manual)?

 

Question #2, I think I have another hen going broody. Can I wait my normal 3 or 4 days that I give them to make sure the broodiness "sticks" and then move some guinea eggs from the incubator to under then hen? they would have been going 4-5 days in the incubator.

 

Any input will be appreciated.

 

Thanks, Charlie  

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I use the same settings as for chicken eggs. I have only done one hatch, which was a mix of chicken, shipped turkey, and guinea eggs. My results were not great for turkeys (expected) or guineas. I set 9, had 2 infertile, 2 late quitters, 3 died during hatch, so I have two from the 9. I am doing better on this round. I set 20 and am at 2 weeks in with 18 still going strong. My temps are holding very steady so I think that helps. The membrane and shells are much thicker than chickens, so make sure you get your humidity up for lockdown.

 

The only issue I can think of with using a hen is those extra days for guinea development (assuming you mean a chicken hen). Depending on the hen it might not matter. My OEG bantam has been broody for almost two months now. I finally gave her some eggs and she is due to hatch them next week. I would just have a backup plan in mind if she gives up after a couple weeks. 

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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