I'm new to Guineas. I got five last year and they began free-ranging this spring.
I just had two hens go broody in the weeds several weeks ago. One hen was killed by a fox. The other hen is still around, but I couldn't locate her nest until yesterday. She was nesting right along the edge of our road! The guinea rooster was "guarding" her by standing in the road making cars go around him! This was not going to work.
We attempted to move the hen and her nest. We put her and her eggs in a dog crate in the chicken coop. She wasn't having it. She refused to set on her eggs. So I rescued several eggs (left some for her just in case she decided to set) I put five eggs in the incubator and six under a broody chicken.
Two incubator eggs have hatched already and one under the broody has pipped the shell! I did candle all of her eggs when we moved the nest and only set the viable eggs in the bator and under the broody.
I'm happy we saved some of the eggs, but I feel bad disturbing her and her nest. Did I do the right thing? I didn't realize that the eggs were so close to hatching. Should I have left her alone? She really was in harms way and she was jeopardizing the roosters well-being too. Plus it appeared as though one egg had already hatched and the keet was no where to be found, possibly dead. So, I think I did the right thing, but feel a little guilty for not letting "nature take its course"?