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Guinea fowl hatch date?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by libarena, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. libarena

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    One of my guinea hens has been missing for quite awhile, I haven’t really kept track because I figured she must have been picked off. She is BRIGHT white and I figured she would be a predator magnet... so naturally, I didn’t think that she had gone off to nest until this morning she randomly came to the hen house for a quick bite before running off so I went on a hunt to find her. When I did find her, she had nested in a place where she could easily be picked off by anyone and it’s far away from the house and out of my Great Pyrenees zone that I knew I needed to take the eggs. There’s also a big storm coming tonight and she wouldn’t have been able to get out of the elements. I guess I am saying that so you know that I felt that it was best for everyone involved to take the eggs. Even if I don’t hatch any babies, at least I know that my hen is safe.

    I was lucky enough to have had my incubator running and so it was easy to get that ready for them. It’s currently at 99.0 heat and 43% humidity. I am trying to get it down to 40% but the humidity has been insane so even with a dehumidifier, I was still getting pretty high humidity readings. I have had to slightly crack open the incubator and the humidity has stabilised at 43%. I am hoping that’s good enough. This is my first time incubating guinea eggs so any advice is appreciated.

    On to my question... since I have no idea to when she started sitting, I don’t really have an idea of how old the eggs would be. I am curious to know what you think. I gently candled them when I brought them inside and these are what they look like. When should I expect to start lockdown?
     

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    I would roughly estimate from those pictures that they are maybe about two weeks along. Does that kind of sound right to you based on how long the hen was missing?
     
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    @PeepsCA would only put her guinea eggs into lockdown once they were internally pipped. She had great hatches.
     
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    Might be! I feel so bad that I didn’t look for her sooner!
     
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  5. libarena

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    Okay, thank you! Do you think the humidity I have is good? I have high humidity in TN.
     
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    It should be okay until lockdown.
     
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    What should I try and keep my humidity at for lockdown?
     
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    I try for 70% here but I have much lower ambient humidity than you have.
     
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    Our humidity in Nashville right now is 88% :barnie

    Annnnd last question when should I candle them again if they are roughly 2 weeks old?
     
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    You can candle them whenever you want. I personally don't candle mine until they are on day 25 but @Texas Kiki usually candles her hatching eggs on a daily basis. She does not get any surprises. I have had surprise hatches in the incubator before I candled and moved the eggs to the hatcher. It worked out okay for me.

    If you don't make it to lockdown before some hatch, they will probably be fine.
     
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