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  1. red horse ranch

    Still air/Styrofoam incubator question/lockdown

    Most recommendations are to check the temperature at the TOP of the eggs. I think your temp is ok for a still air. I always have my humidity between 55 to 65 for hatching. I agree that they are pretty tuff little things and conditions aren't always perfect but they hatch anyway when the time...
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    A little break from the bitter cold

    I have to shovel about a foot of snow out of the chicken yard and then shovel a path to the barn before I can let all the birds out. At least it's supposed to be above zero today. Grrr :old
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    Wyoming Unite!!!!

    -19 here this morning but the sun is shining and I'm optimistic that warmer days are ahead of us.:bow My guineas and chickens have been confined for a week now. I think poultry gets a little stir crazy sometimes just like we do. I gave them a treat yesterday, a whole flake of hay. As soon as...
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    A little break from the bitter cold

    But I don't have a dirt floor in the henhouse. I like your system but it just wouldn't work here. :hmm
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    A little break from the bitter cold

    The wind chill really is nasty. I think it was -39 while ago. You have a water system for your birds that doesn't freeze but if I left a pop door open all the water cans inside would freeze. I have a heat lamp hanging over the big main water can but it still gets a crust of ice on it. The heat...
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    A little break from the bitter cold

    -14 this morning when I got up. High today will be -11. My chickens and guineas have been confined for several days but so far so good. The guineas sit in the window and complain about all the snow outside. :rant
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    Guineas and Roosters???

    My guineas and chickens get along fine together most of the time. I've never had a problem with the guineas attacking roosters. The guineas will free range a lot farther than the chickens do so most of the time they go their separate ways. ;)
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    Guinea Dilemma

    My guineas and chickens have always lived together. Occasionally the guineas will harass a chicken but the guineas have never killed or seriously hurt one. I highly doubt that your guineas killed the chickens.
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    Peafowl noise question

    My 3 peafowl were never noisy after dark. They vary rarely made noise thru the day unless they got out of site of each other. During breeding season the male would call a few times thru the day, mostly answering the call of the peacock about a mile down the road. ;)
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    Wyoming Unite!!!!

    A sky like that is almost scary to look at, but beautiful. All we're seeing up here today is grey sky and snow flurries. :hmm
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    Wyoming Unite!!!!

    2020 :rant 2021:celebrate:clap :old
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    Wyoming Unite!!!!

    Merry Christmas to all my BYC friends! :frow Lets hope for a better Christmas next year when we won't have to be separated from all our friends and families. ;)
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    Chicken vs Guinea eggs

    I love to take excess guinea eggs and make noodles. Once they are thoroughly dried I vacuum seal them and freeze them. All winter I am able to have guinea egg noodles to add to beef or chicken. :drool
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    Uneven number of guineas?

    This year's outcast may be accepted by the group next year. But another one may then become the 'outcast'. I've read that guineas mate for life but That has happened very few times in my flock over the years. Sometimes the mate swapping happens several times thru the breeding season. :old
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    Uneven number of guineas?

    While it would be ideal to have an even number of each sex it's not always possible to end up that way. I've often had uneven numbers and an extra female usually gets bred. An extra male just tags along anyway. The fact that your extra hen is an 'outcast' isn't at all unusual. There is one in...
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    Can my rooster mate?

    He's a beautiful rooster but not a Brahma.. To answer your question, yes he should be able to mate with the hens. I had a bantam rooster for years and he produced a lot of chicks with full size hens. Once in a while the hens would just shrug him off but he still managed to breed a lot of them...
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    Peacock very noisy

    When my peacock was 5 months old I bought a 5 month old female pea hen. So they grew up together. They eventually had a daughter which I kept. So the peacock had two females to breed. But he was still very noisy in the breeding season. It's just the nature of the bird to call when it's time to...
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    Eggs

    I always keep my guinea hens and their keets confined for at least 2 weeks before letting her take them out to free range. The keets survive much better if they are a little older when taken out. Even then sometimes the mom will follow the flock and the keets have a hard time keeping up. I try...
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    Eggs

    Guinea eggs are delicious to eat! It takes 2 of them to equal a chicken egg. I mark the eggs when the guinea starts to lay them and I only take the fresh ones to eat or to set back for incubation. If you take all of the eggs out of the nest the hens will probably just find a different place to...
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    Wyoming Unite!!!!

    I It's a Bushnell that I got from Amazon. I think it was around $100 but they had a lot cheaper ones than that. I just went with a name brand since it was recommended. I was surprised at how easy it was to set up and use.
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