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broody chicken and guinea eggs?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by key west chick, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    So Ive caught the guinea bug, but dont tell hubby. [​IMG] If I got a few local guinea eggs this spring, and put them under a broody hen, would she hatch them and raise them like her chicks? Then I could keep a guinea hen or 2 and let them live with my chickens... How long would it be before I could sex the little guys?

  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    Using Broodies to hatch Guineas is very common, I've never done it, (yet) but a lot that do say that the keets are much calmer when raised by a Chicken Hen. (They grow up thinking they are chickens!).

    You can usually sex keets at around 5-6 wks old, when the little Hens discover their voices and start making the 2-syllable buck-wheat call (only the Hens make this call). Some hold out on you tho, and they won't start buck-wheating until they are around 8 wks old [​IMG] It helps if you separate a few at a time into a cage, out of site but within earshot of the others, and then stand back where they can't really see you... the little Hens usually buck-wheat to the others right away.

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