Guinea egg laying age?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Wildsky, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    What age do Guinea's start to lay?

    I have 1 female and 5 male guinea, and tonight the female is missing. She's 18 weeks old and I'm wondering if she's been stashing eggs somewhere.

    Its BITTERLY cold, and I can't find her in the dark, did a walk around with hubby and no sign of her.
     
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:im not sure on the age,,, but they only breed during the spring time,,,, not winter,,, she shouldnt have any eggs for a few more months at least.
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Oh great, silly girl is probably in a dang tree somewhere freezing her butt off. [​IMG]
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Guinea is back this morning, it was one of the boys (dh got color confused) DANG he's LOUD ! [​IMG]
     
  5. Hey there. Guinea fowl will roost in a tree if they get themselves caught with the sun going down and too far from thier roost.

    They are excellent flyers and I have seen them go 40 feet into a tree.

    As far as laying. They do not lay until about the age of 1 year. They are horrid mothers and use a communal nest. They rarely lay in the late fall, but have been known to lay in early srping.

    They do lay about every other day, sometimes daily. I have seen 40 eggs from 4 hens in one nest.

    Really, I can not figure out how they keep thier species going, they are dumb. [​IMG]

    BTW, you need a few more females. The females have a double syllabol call, the males one.
    The females sound like " buck-wheat" or "come-back", the males have a call similiar to the alert they use.
     
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  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe they have to be older to start laying. Mine are about 16 weeks old and I don't expect eggs until early summer (if they make it that far, they're bullying my chickens). If this craigslist ad doesn't go threw, a few of my cock birds are holiday dinner. LOL
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:When hatching gets started this spring she will have a few more. [​IMG]
     
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:When hatching gets started this spring she will have a few more. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] If this girlie can hide her eggs well.

    It would all be so much diffrent if the person hadn't sent me the MALE eggs...
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:When hatching gets started this spring she will have a few more. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] If this girlie can hide her eggs well.

    It would all be so much diffrent if the person hadn't sent me the MALE eggs...

    Dont let her sit on them, give them to a buff orp fluffy butt, should be able to cover 20+ eggs, heres hoping for a broodie. You can bet with a 5/1 ratio those eggs will be FERTILE. [​IMG]
     
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    My husband will strangle me! [​IMG] Our coop can't handle many more if at all. We have about 6sf per bird right now, and when its bitter cold and they won't come out - that really makes the difference.
     

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