Can my duck raise her Guinea keets?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TinaK, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. TinaK

    TinaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a duck sit on a bunch of random eggs. Some duck eggs, some guinea eggs and some chicken eggs! Turns out that the guinea eggs all hatched (I was suspect on the fertility of the chicken & duck eggs anyway).

    Now the big question is, can the duck raise the keets, or will she try and drown them? I like to try and let nature takes its course where possible, but I'd hate to lose them all.

    I can take the keets and hand raise if required. I also have a broody hen who I think is sitting on dud eggs (need to candle them). So I could possibly do a swap at some stage, and give the keets to the hen.

    Love to hear others opinions!
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I would Hand raise them---if there is water around---they will follow her into the water----ask me how I know? Remember Chicken, duck and Guinea's have different hatch days so ""I"" would remove eggs each day but one breed that I wanted hatched----not mixed.
     
  3. TinaK

    TinaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks riverman

    Removed the remaining keets and popped them under my broody, but unfortunately we lost most of them. The duck managed to squash 2 to death on the first night, and one went MIA from my rat / mice / snake proof cage.

    Oh and I didn't forget that the hatch dates were different for different eggs, I only left them all in the nest because I was 99% sure the duck eggs & chook eggs were infertile, as I lost my drake & rooster to a fox about 2 weeks before the duck sat on the nest. I was just hoping that one might have been fertile, but no suck luck :(
     
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