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Can a broody guinea be 'broke' just like a chicken?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by shelleyd2008, May 14, 2010.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I have a pretty big problem on my hands. I'm supposed to be saving guinea eggs for a local trade that is taking place this Sunday. I have the next 1 1/2 dozen sold (prepaid) after the trade. I have 7 guinea hens, 4 of which use the same nest. This is the only nest I can find; I get 4 eggs out of it everyday and leave 2 to keep them coming back to it.

    So I went to gather the eggs this evening, and one of the hens is ON THE NEST! [​IMG] So now what do I do? I don't have the money to issue refunds to the people that have already paid for eggs, but this trade is due in just 2 days.

    Can I break her up? There are 3 other hens using the same nest. I know she has just started sitting on them today, so I don't think the others would have found another nest yet. Do I put her in a cage like I'd do for a chicken hen? Any help is appreciated [​IMG]

  2. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    I just went through this and it is possible! First I pulled her off the nest at night, and put her in the coop. She went right back to it when I let her out of the coop in the morning. After almost a week of that (the other guinea pushed her over to lay her egg each day) I just locked her in the run for 3 days, letting her return to the coop at night. That worked! When I let her out after those 3 days she didn't go back to the nest. Now I need to find her new nest, but she's not broody. lol
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I used to have 4 guinea hens who would share a common nest in the yard. Whenever I'd find their nest I would leave a few marked eggs in it, and collect the fresh ones daily. Periodically one of the 4 would decide it was time to brood all the eggs. I would have to lift her out, squawking & pecking, and put her up on the roost with her sisters. If she insisted on returning to the nest the next few nights, I would cover up that place and make them find a new location. That seemed to be enough to break their broody spell, when they would find the place where their nest had been was no longer available.

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