Fostering

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by akamodo, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. akamodo

    akamodo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken with four 4day old chicks and was thinking is it possible to sneak 62 day old keets under her or should i just run the keets through the brooder
     
  2. akamodo

    akamodo Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry thats six two day old keets
     
  3. GuineaFowling

    GuineaFowling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is possible. Some hens will accept all babies while others wont. You'll just have to wait and see. Put the babies under her during the night when all is dark and she is sleeping. Early in the morning you must go and watch them. If your hen shows any sign of aggression or dislike towards the keets you would have to put them in a brooder and raise them.
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah I was thinking, really? You don't think she will notice 62 babies lol
     
  5. akamodo

    akamodo Out Of The Brooder

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    I put them all in the brooder then two days later the sitting hens in the bush hatched out and killed all but one which i rescued and its now in the brooder to so lesson learnt do not trust guineas to mother there young so i got one outa twenty three natural and six from eight incubating
     
  6. GuineaFowling

    GuineaFowling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All hens are different. I am glad you saved the remaining baby. My guinea hatched out 14 keets on the first of november and has been a wonderful mother to them. She never attacks them. The reason why guineas are 'terrible' mothers is because they are clueless and clumsy but with help from the owners they tend to raise happy healthy keets.
    Good Luck with your new babies!
     

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