Fertile and Unfertile Eggs

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by rwwjsw, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. rwwjsw

    rwwjsw Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been incubating eggs most of the spring I have set over 30 eggs from one guinea in 4 different rounds. I am having a very hard time with them hatching. I have hatched 3 out of the 30. 4 out of the 27 eggs that did not hatch had a chick the rest were just plan unfertile looking eggs. I have been incubating chicken and quail eggs also out of all of them I have only had a couple that did not form. With my first hatch I had 1 chick the rest were unfertilized the 2nd round I had none fertilized the 3rd round I had 2 hatch and 4 formed but did not hatch and the batch I took out this morning had no fertilized. Does this make sense I have had these guineas about a year so I am new to the hatching thing with them is it that this is her first year laying? I am trying something new I have a broody chicken and I have put a couple of my guinea eggs under her and see what happens. As far as the incubator it is a LG the temp stayed between 99 and 101 most of the time had a hard time keeping the humidity in it but it averaged around 50 through the incubation and around 70 through the hatch. Does any one have any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    It certainly sounds like a flock fertility problem. So many things could be the cause so you will have to give a better idea of what your flock keeping is like. You should be seeing more eggs fertilized even with a first year female.
     
  3. rwwjsw

    rwwjsw Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I have a large barn that I keep them in during the week I have the door open with a little fenced in area where they go out side and roam I keep them in there because I hade some dogs chase off their brothers so I only let them roam the yard on weekends when I am at home. They eat feed and cracked corn they live just like my hens and roosters nothing different I have no idea.
     
  4. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana
    How many males and females do you have?
     
  5. rwwjsw

    rwwjsw Out Of The Brooder

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    1 of each
     
  6. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Guineas require a higher protein level feed than many chicken feeds offer. If you are not giving them 24/26% protein level feed I would switch to that to see what happens.

    And since yours can not be out free ranging on a regular basis that might be the reason for the low fertility.

    I just reread that above line, it makes not sense if I don't say that without being able to free range daily to up their protein with bugs then their diet might be too low in the protein offered in the feed.
     
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  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    If I'm understanding this correctly, you have 1 male and 1 female correct? If you incubate 30 eggs at a time, that means that the oldest egg is a month or older in age. Eggs for hatching are best incubated within 2 weeks of being laid.
     
  8. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana
    Quote:I went back and reread and here is the first line of the OP:

    I have been incubating eggs most of the spring I have set over 30 eggs from one guinea in 4 different rounds.

    So, on average they are probably 7 or 8 days old.

    Could be the diet (lack of protien) or who know what else. It is easy enough to replace a male guinea. They are alot easier to find than the females.
     
  9. rwwjsw

    rwwjsw Out Of The Brooder

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    I usually try and set the eggs every 10 day or so. The feed thing is a thought I have been feeding them along with my roosters that roam the barn cracked corn and grower so that could be it I knew that quail needed high protein did not know about the guineas.
     

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