Guinea eggs scattered

DonnaScott

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My hen has laid about 9 eggs. 2 are buried under straw the rest scattered all over the coop, how will she lay on them if they are all over the place?

Also would like to add whenever I take an egg out or try to find one the male goes back wild on me and everyone in the coop and run.
 

R2elk

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My hen has laid about 9 eggs. 2 are buried under straw the rest scattered all over the coop, how will she lay on them if they are all over the place?

Also would like to add whenever I take an egg out or try to find one the male goes back wild on me and everyone in the coop and run.
First time layers may drop their eggs anywhere until they get things figured out. You can move any newly laid eggs to a desirable nesting spot. You need to understand that what you think is a desirable nesting spot may not be what a guinea hen thinks is a desirable nesting spot.

I don't mess with my guinea's eggs if they can see me doing it. If the eggs are laid in the coop, I leave them alone until all of the guineas are outside of the coop. If the eggs are outside the coop, I leave them alone until all of the guineas are inside the coop.
 

DonnaScott

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First time layers may drop their eggs anywhere until they get things figured out. You can move any newly laid eggs to a desirable nesting spot. You need to understand that what you think is a desirable nesting spot may not be what a guinea hen thinks is a desirable nesting spot.

I don't mess with my guinea's eggs if they can see me doing it. If the eggs are laid in the coop, I leave them alone until all of the guineas are outside of the coop. If the eggs are outside the coop, I leave them alone until all of the guineas are inside the coop.
She never leaves the coop, she stays inside. She may leave it when I'm at work but her or her mate are always in there.
 
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R2elk

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She never leaves the coop, she stays inside. She may leave it when I'm at work but her or her mate are always in there.
You could try taping a small sieve onto the end of a stick and using it to collect or move the eggs. It is my experience that they will react calmer to a slow moving stick than they will to a person or a hand getting too close to them or something they are protecting.
 

DonnaScott

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I think you may be assuming she will eventually sit on and go broody and hatch these eggs.
you know she may not.
If it were me i would gather, move or collect these eggs after darkness.
If it's cold out how long will I have to retrieve the eggs. Shes up to 30 now and barely comes out of the coop. It's been about a month.

I dont want to break open an egg with a baby bird forming.
 
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R2elk

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If it's cold out how long will I have to retrieve the eggs. Shes up to 30 now and barely comes out of the coop. It's been about a month.

I dont want to break open an egg with a baby bird forming.
Unless she has been sitting on the eggs full time, there will not be any growth inside the eggs. If and when she goes broody, it will take 26 to 28 days before any eggs hatch.

Not all guinea hens will go broody.
 

R2elk

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I pulled the eggs last night and shes laid 38 eggs. Is that normal? 😯
It is enough eggs that she should be broody if she is going to be broody. She may still go broody at some time in the future once the weather warms up more. I have some guinea hens that have never gone broody and others that go broody every year.
 

DonnaScott

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By broody you mean she should be sitting on the eggs correct? She just shuffles them about the coop.

Is 38 a normal amoun6 for one hen to lay?
 
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