First Guinea egg!!!!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by caral07, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. caral07

    caral07 Songster

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    I got my first guinea egg today![​IMG] It is a beautiful light brown egg!!!! The only thing is am planning for my girls to go broody this Spring. It is under a small wood pile at the house. What should I do?? I want to gather it but I am afraid she want lay there again if I leave my scent (or at least thats what I have heard) Any ideas??
     
  2. cracking up

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    The easiest way to do it is to mark it and leave it there so she lays in that spot. If you take them away she might decide to lay somewhere else and then you have to find the nest. I've never had a problem with them moving because of my scent. If you bother them a lot they'll give up on it and move. If you want her to set on them you don't have to mark it or touch it. You only have to do that if you're going to take away the fresh ones. Good luck with it.
     
  3. caral07

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    Thanks for the help. I decided if God wants her to set she will.
     
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    How many guineas do you have? How old are they? I started with 4 lavender guinea hens, now have only 1 left. Each spring they would begin to lay, until sometime in early summer. It seemed that somebird would decide on a nest spot, and then all the rest of them would add their eggs there. They would lay 'em & leave 'em for a few weeks, then somebird would decide to go broody on them. I'd find her clamped onto the nest at nightfall. We'd have to pry her off (making one angry guinea!) to put her in the pen for safe keeping overnight. Then I'd fill in the nest and cover it up so they wouldn't use that spot again. The next day somebird would have to stake out a new nest spot.

    Since I don't have a cock bird I would collect the eggs for eating. They're deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious! Extra-rich because of all the bugs & seeds they eat. But the shells are super hard!! You have to crack them on the counter, or whack them with a knife to open them.

    I could collect the eggs from the nest, leaving one or two marked with a permanent marker to encourage them to continue to use the nest. My interference didn't seem to bother them, I could do this in plain sight of them. Anyway, guineas don't have a sense of smell.

    We got good at listening for the guinea's special "egg song", a sound they'd make only when they were on the nest. Sort of a high-pitched "wheee-whee-whee-whee". When we'd hear that sound we'd try to trace its source to find the guinea nest.
     

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