First Guinea hatch - advice required please

Michelle Spall

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Oct 1, 2017
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HI all,
I put 15 GF eggs under 2 broody Sussex chooks
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5 days before they were due to hatch I moved them into a nursery.
That night 1 of the chooks got off the eggs :-( When I found this I quickly put all her eggs under the other chook, I don't know how long she was off the eggs over night.
We then had a 3 day heat wave with temps over 40 deg.
I have had 6 hatch early (day 26), loosing 1 but the rest doing fine.
Chook is still sitting on the other 9 and I think this 9 maybe the ones from the other chook.
They were all not due to hatch untill tomorrow.
My question is how long do you think I should leave the 9 eggs under her?
 

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HI all,
I put 15 GF eggs under 2 broody Sussex chooks View attachment 1585759
5 days before they were due to hatch I moved them into a nursery.
That night 1 of the chooks got off the eggs :-( When I found this I quickly put all her eggs under the other chook, I don't know how long she was off the eggs over night.
We then had a 3 day heat wave with temps over 40 deg.
I have had 6 hatch early (day 26), loosing 1 but the rest doing fine.
Chook is still sitting on the other 9 and I think this 9 maybe the ones from the other chook.
They were all not due to hatch until tomorrow.
My question is how long do you think I should leave the 9 eggs under her?
It is very common for keets to hatch from day 26 through day 28. Towards the end of the hatch it is surprising how long a nest can be left without seriously affecting the hatch.

If the eggs weren't due to hatch until tomorrow, I would not get concerned until it has been at least a full 24 hours overdue. At that time, you can candle the eggs to try to determine whether or not they are still alive.

I assume that the heat wave you are referring to is 40°C (104°F) since I would not consider 40°F to be a heat wave.

Good luck.
 

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