Broody mama chicken - day old guinea keets

MountainOrchard

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 28, 2014
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Another of my hens has gone broody, and coincidentally I was planning on getting some guinea keets this week. I know chickens will hatch guinea eggs, but if I put already hatched keets under her, what are the chances she will be convinced they are her own? Has anyone tried this?
 
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howfunkyisurchicken

Crowing
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I haven't slipped guineas under hens, but I've slipped chicks under them. I do it at night. I lift her a bit and put them under. Then I wait about 15 minutes or so to make sure she wont hurt them. I go out and check on everyone first thing in the morning.

I've never had a hen refuse chicks (yet). But, when I've given them to the girls, its always been because the eggs they were sitting on didn't hatch.

I don't see any reason why you shouldn't give it a try, just be prepared for the worst case scenario. If you set up the brooder and have it ready, she'll probably accept them ;)

Good luck
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MountainOrchard

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 28, 2014
181
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91
Virginia
I haven't slipped guineas under hens, but I've slipped chicks under them. I do it at night. I lift her a bit and put them under. Then I wait about 15 minutes or so to make sure she wont hurt them. I go out and check on everyone first thing in the morning.

I've never had a hen refuse chicks (yet). But, when I've given them to the girls, its always been because the eggs they were sitting on didn't hatch.

I don't see any reason why you shouldn't give it a try, just be prepared for the worst case scenario. If you set up the brooder and have it ready, she'll probably accept them ;)

Good luck
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Yay, that's the answer I was hoping for!
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Thanks so much! I'll give it a try and have a backup ready.
 

MountainOrchard

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 28, 2014
181
19
91
Virginia
It seems to have worked! Everyone was quiet and happy this morning. I started with just 2 guineas and I'll put the rest under her tonight.

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