Can French Guineas reproduce naturally?

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  1. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In doing some research I find contradicting information about French Guineas. Some say they must be
    artificially inseminated to produce fertile eggs and others say they reproduce naturally...

    Who has French Guineas and what have you found to be true?

    Thanks,
    David
     
  2. patrickcromer@pstel.net

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i found that research to but i have recently found out it was WRONG. while siting outside watching my guineas i notcied something looking like rats running through the tall weeds so i grab the shovel thinking it was a rat but instead i had 23 baby guineas. i took the babies and the hen went laying again. this is a good thing because i was fixing to order more when i saw the babies.
     
  3. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Patrick,
    Do you have any other Guineas that she could have bred with or just French Guineas?

    David
     
  4. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else have any info on this? I have a bunch of French and I'm debating keeping some of them but if they can't reproduce naturally I'm not going to.
    Sorry I won't extract the needed ingredient form the males to AI...

    David
     
  5. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
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    We have what we believe to be French Guineas. We purchased them last year from a feed store and they are bigger than others I have seen (of course I might just over feed them) so I believe them to be. They have laid all spring up to now and none seem interested in setting. Could be the first year thing but I have got good hatches from my eggs in the incubator. They are a strong bird if you have problems with things eating your poultry. I have had two of these bird hit by hawks and I still have them. One is missing a patch of feathers, the other feathers and some skin, but they both made it. I wish all my birds were that resilient!
     
  6. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen any of our regular Guineas want to sit. I think it's more the exception than the rule that Guineas go broody...
    At least that's the case in our birds. The French Guineas we have are just a month old so we might keep 10 or so to find out.
    Do you keep your French Guineas separate from your regular Guineas?

    David
     
  7. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    We do have our French guineas in a seperate pens but it is because the male is pretty aggressive with the other guineas and birds.
     
  8. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if you both have found fertile eggs from teh Franch Guineas I might keep 10 or so and find out next year...

    Thanks,
    David
     
  9. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Other than RedBug I didn't read any post that stated absolutely that they have French Guineas.

    I believe the reason they say that the Jumbos are incapable of breeding naturally has more to do with their size and instability. It is probably less likely to happen but still might unlike our helmeted G's that do just fine on their own.
     
  10. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a possibility Robin...

    David
     

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