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australorp hatches guineas!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by ozark hen, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I am so excited! A few weeks ago I found my female guinea sitting on a bunch of eggs but she left the nest and didn't go back. I gathered the eggs and placed them under my little black australorp who was brooding without any eggs under her. I figured I had nothing to lose. Today, she hatched 15 out of 16 eggs so far. I am so excited as my female guinea disappeared about a week ago. She came back the first morning but never returned. Either she is sitting on eggs or something got her! I felt so bad for my male who keeps calling her. Now today we have lots of guineas! To be on the safe side I took 13 and put them in my RubberMaid container under a heat lamp. I left the little hen a few but want to be sure I end up with guineas. Now everyone is happy all around. I will post pictures as soon as Photo bucket downloads them. I have dial up service so it takes a very long time.
     
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  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    here is the picture finally.
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    these all hatched today. It was my first experience with eggs hatching. It was great!
    [​IMG] these are so much smaller than regular chicks.
     
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  3. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh my

    I wanna see eggs hatch! Too bad I dont live on an acreage, darnitall!

    They are adorable!
    Jill
     
  4. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

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    They are just too cute...I am happy for you!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awwwww........they are so adorable!!!
     
  6. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    thank you all! I just showed them how to get their sugar water and sprinkled some chick starter around for them. They are eating and drinking! [​IMG] It was just so neat to go to the nest and see little keets peeking out at me. I lifted the hen and saw all these little ones. It was just so neat! I feel very, very lucky to have a good broody hen.
     
  7. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    You are very lucky, If you like having chicks that is. I just love watching mom and babies. It is so interesting. I could watch them for hours.
     
  8. chicks rule

    chicks rule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ozark Hen, I am soooo jealous, lol. What adorable babies. I am up to two guineas, 1 I have had for a yr and the other Buff Brahmas gave to me. I called Estes Hatchery yesterday and they are supposed to be holding six keets for me, will be in Springfield on the 18th, and will pick them up then. I hope they all do well, and if you want to part with any let me know, lol
     
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Quote:I didn't even realize there was a hatchery in Springfield! I checked the hen outside this morning and she has lost all but one of the keets?! I am so glad I brought them in the house to raise! So far mine are doing well. If I still had my female I would be more than happy to give you some but since I don't know if she is setting in the field somewhere or a predator has gotten her I don't want to lose any right now. I hope you understand? If she should show up with little ones trailing behind her I will definitely email you how is that?? I will then give you a few to add to your collection of keets. ha Send me an email entitled Keets so I can save your email or I won't remember who asked for some. [​IMG]
     
  10. chicks rule

    chicks rule Chillin' With My Peeps

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