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Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by dave_Cash69, Feb 28, 2009.
i have a pair of guineas,
when could i be expecting keets?
Guineas are seasonal layers for they will start laying around may... sometimes they will go broody on 5 eggs or even 20-something.. so depends on the gunieas....plus they like to hide their eggs
I wouldnt expect them unless you have a broody hen, or incubator. I had 7 laying last year, when they layed in a area that I thought was safe enough that I could fence in a broody, they continued to lay till over 40 eggs were there, I gave up on one going broody, and put those in incubator. I let them accumulate a number of eggs at various times, and didn't get a single guinea to sit. I did hatch quite a few so there is still hope. You may not want the guinea to sit, they are spose to be some of the worse mothers out there. If they do sit, often first chance they get they move from the nest, through grass chilling and killing most of the young keets. I like my guineas, but they are not the smartest bird in the coop.
i have them enclosed, will they still lay?
plus.. i have never seen my guineas.. 'doing it'
I always let my guniea hens set on there eggs. But as soon as they hatch i take the keets away and put them under a light.
As stated before they are'nt good mothers
Quote:Yes they should still lay. Doing what?????? lol just kidding
Are guinea eggs safe to eat?
You hardly ever see guineas "doing it"
I had one hen set last year on 30 eggs. She hatched 25 and the second she took them out, I corralled the babies into the coop and into the brooder.
Keets will die if they get cold (less than 95F) It was late august so there was no way they would have survived. Mom was quite mad for a day or two (obviously I couldnt catch her or she would have been locked in the coop w/the babies) then just went back to laying eggs. The hens will lay if enclosed and probably go broody too, but I wouldnt expect her to raise them on her own.
Alright, thanks for the input.
she might raise them on her own better since you have then enclosed.
i luv guinea's they are so darn funny to watch