Guinea fertility?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by extraordinaryfowl, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When do guineas reach their peak fertility? Like chickens are 6 - 18 months, geese are years 2 and 3 . . . When do they start laying, and are they seasonal or will they lay anytime? Thanks
     
  2. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guineas are seasonal layers laying in the spring, summer, and early fall months. My will lay something like early April through late October. I think they can start to lay at the age of 5-6 months. In the beginning of the laying season the fertility rates won't be that good but after a few week they will go up and be at their peek for the rest of the season.
     
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  3. bayvistafarm

    bayvistafarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too have a question about their eggs. Mine were hatched last July. They started laying in November 2011, and into Dec. I guess it wasn't cold enough, although they didn't lay for long.
    They have started up again, one egg a day from the two females, but theres nothing attached to the yolk at all. No squiggly little white thing, you see in a normal chicken egg, no dots either, or rings suggesting they are fertile. Just a perfect yolk, and the 'white'. I have 3 males running with them. I have purchased an incubator, and hope to use it asa it comes! I am thinking not, now. Can anyone tell me if those eggs will change? Or do they not have that squiggly white thing. I should know what its called, but I don't, ,lol.
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's called the Chalaza... and they aren't real obvious in my Guinea's eggs, usually clear. The Blastodisc is really small and faint in an unfertilized egg, maybe you missed it?

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  5. bayvistafarm

    bayvistafarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks so much! I must have missed that little dot, lol. I do need reading glasses, and maybe if I take them outside, I can see better! I will have another look next time I crack an egg!
     

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