Broody hen on chicken and guinea eggs, HELP!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kungfuchick, May 9, 2016.

  1. kungfuchick

    kungfuchick New Egg

    Apr 16, 2016
    Upstate NY
    Hi, I'm brand new here, from upstate NY, and I could use some help! I have an awesome broody hen, wait, I'll back up a bit... We have 15 chickens (2 roosters), 6 ducks, and 8 guineas. Okay, our broody hen is sitting on about 15 eggs, I think...she's a little protective, so I'm not sure. She has one egg pipping now, and it has been for about 5 hours. She keeps rolling it over, so that the opening is facing all different ways, including down. I'm not sure if I should just leave it alone? She gets really (did I say really?) aggressive at any prior attempt to candle the eggs, etc.
    Lastly, I'm curious if she will simply leave the guinea eggs because they take longer to hatch? They were the first ones in the clutch that she became broody on.
    On the plus side, after this experience, I may have information to share!
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Stacy and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    I'd suggest leaving your broody to do her thing - don't worry, she knows what she is doing. Not sure whether she will leave the guinea eggs or not - i guess it depends on her, and how much longer it will take for them to hatch. You could try posting your question on the "hatch-a-longs" forum or one of the threads dealing with hatching chicks using broody hens.

    Best of luck and let us know how it goes

  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is what they do and it's perfectly normal... I know people say don't touch the eggs during lock down for this or that reason but that word of caution is mostly hyperbole, as you can see broody birds don't obey it ;)

    If you don't remove the chicks immediately she will likely abandon the guinea eggs a few days after the first chick hatches... Even if you remove the chicks she might abandon the other eggs at this point... For mixed clutches like this it's best to remove the eggs and put them in a hatcher before they hatch under the bird... The hatching chicks is her end of broody timer, most will abandon any not hatched eggs a few days later assuming they are duds...
    Last edited: May 10, 2016
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Meep Beep has given you very good information. So I will just say Welcome to Backyard chickens, very glad you joined us
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  6. jwilhite

    jwilhite New Egg

    Apr 24, 2015
    Thanks, MeepBeep. That's good to know. I had a similar question and found the answer here.

    I just ordered 2 dozen guinea eggs and they will arrive today. I was wondering if I should just stick them underneath my currently-broody guinea hens and let nature take it's course.

    However, these two hens have been sitting on their community nest for a week already, so it looks like if I give them some new eggs at this point, they might just abandon them once the others hatch.

    In our experience, though, if it is at all possible, it is best to let the guinea hens hatch and brood their own eggs. We have had serious problems getting the existing flock to accept the newcomers if we brood them ourselves.

    I'm still going to try to let the hens brood these keets after they hatch in the incubator, though. Maybe that will help them join the flock better. Do you think the hens would accept my incubated keets that are about a week younger than their babies?

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  7. kungfuchick

    kungfuchick New Egg

    Apr 16, 2016
    Upstate NY
    Hello everyone!
    Thank you all for your help!!
    SO, this is what happened... the broody hen, who is protective of her eggs, may have thought that the chick (and two other hatchlings) was a threat to the clutch? She pecked it to death. And two more. I wasn't sure if it was her, or if other hens got into her area until... I thought some other hen intervened, and stole her baby. I stopped at a farm supply store and bought 6 chicks. Had they all not been supervised, for her to "play nice," she would have pecked them to death as well. UGH.
    She did hatch a guinea, and is still sitting on the clutch, but I put the guinea in with the new chicks, and they are all having a wonderful time.
    Sometimes chickens are so traumatizing for me and my young boys. [Had to give away the Rhode Island Red rooster, and my youngest has PTSChicken now].
    Thank you all again for your help! The chick in question would have been absolutely healthy and well!
    Best regards,

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