Any way to get guineas to lay during winter?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Vermont Poultry, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Vermont Poultry

    Vermont Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 guineas, 2 male, 4 female. They are 17 weeks so they are relatively mature and are most likely physically able to lay eggs but its fall so they are not. What is the best strategy for getting them to lay eggs during the winter? And another quick question, how do I stop my guineas from attacking the chickens, I always thought it was a territorial thing or something of that nature but they seem to do it for fun, every chance they get they will attack. (they were raised together but now live in separate coops).
     
  2. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good morning!

    If you want your guineas to lay eggs during the winter there are many things you should. First, make sure their feed never runs out and most importantly water; it is very important for any poultry to have water at all times, they need to be hydrated before laying eggs. This is how I got to get my guineas to lay in the winter. But in short if you want them to lay eggs make sure food and water is always available. And for the bullying, I would leave them in their separate coops, you cant really do much to tame guineas in that sense.

    Best of luck!
    Sunshine Ducky
     
  3. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guineas are seasonal layers and typically only lay from April to October (N hemisphere). Nothing you can do to change that.
     
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  5. Vermont Poultry

    Vermont Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. I think I am going to try for a few weeks, using a timer and a light. If it doesn't work I will just leave them be.
     
  6. redguinea

    redguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seasonal layers nothing you can do. I have had some lay earlier than usual, a few months before the season started but nothing consistent.
     
  7. ludwing

    ludwing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sometimes depent of the season.mainly the rainfalls.
    Our guineas are still laying[​IMG]
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    The hen above and two guineas.

    Below the eggs of a guineahen above,Sous. [​IMG]
     

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