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Also, we have just installed nesting boxes in the coop...but they still decide that they want to lay them on the floor. At this point we aren't exactly sure how many are females or males. They just lay eggs randomly, here and there. Not sure which eggs belong to who. Are they community brooders? What I mean by that...will they sit on each other's eggs?


Guineas aren't chickens and don't have the same preferences.  If you want to make guinea nest boxes you should place them right at ground level as guineas are normally ground nesters just like turkeys.

 

Guineas are known to be communal nesters with the nests being filled by multiple hens and also sat on by multiple hens.  They may lay such huge clutches that the hatch rate ends up being very poor because they can't properly cover all of the eggs.  First time hens at the start of laying season often drop eggs where ever they happen to be when the urge hits them.  Later in the season the eggs will be deposited in nests.

 

Good luck.

Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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post #12 of 16
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Thank you, Bob. Appreciate your advice. :)

post #13 of 16
It's not uncommon for the hens to lay a clutch of 50+ eggs before they start to brood them. 2-3 hens will sit on the nest. You can give guinea eggs to a broody chicken hen. Mine have done a good job raising keets.
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It's not uncommon for the hens to lay a clutch of 50+ eggs before they start to brood them. 2-3 hens will sit on the nest. You can give guinea eggs to a broody chicken hen. Mine have done a good job raising keets.

Thank you for your help, Percheron Chick. :)

post #15 of 16
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I think it is because our guineas "run wild" and therefore they have some sense of danger although we loose a lot of them to predators when they finally are broody.  Or it might just be that we are not "sneaky" enough, because if we fail to carefully cover our tracks or pick up with either gloved hands or with a slotted spoon, they will not go back and lay in the same spot !!! And so the egg hunt continues:)    We tried to coop several of my fav color up and they just are absolutely determined to be free even when faced with 5 sided pens:)  Happy Easter!

I HAVE MINE PENNED AND HAVE HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE, IF I TAKE AN EGG, GUINEAS WILL CHOSE A NEW SPOT TO LAY IN.

post #16 of 16
I do not have any fowls chickens ducks etc..I am not allowed to have any farm animals in my neighborhood.my question is does anyone know where I can purchase guinea eggs for eating.I visited a friend out in TN and he made me some for breakfast..one of the best eggs I have eaten..our local country markets only sell duck eggs..I would love to be able to purchase some..all I can find is ones for hatching ..does anyone know where I can purchase them..I live in Md so I'm assuming they would have to be shipped..I appreciate your help and if this is not ok for asking I do apologize. .thank ya much Kathy
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