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guinea hen lays more than 30 eggs 0 hatch 0 fertile

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by birdboy508, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Songster

    Jul 21, 2011
    east taunton
    The person I got them from claims there a pair but i think its 2 females! I think its 2 differant breeds. what do you think the guy ripped me off please reply.

  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    It's possible that the pair of Guineas are the French variety... supposedly they cannot breed naturally and have to be artificially inseminated to reproduce, but the Hens will still lay eggs (infertile of course). Maybe the guy that sold you the eggs just doesn't know this?

    Are you sure your incubator was set at the correct temp? Did you open any of the eggs and look at the germinal disc for fertility?

    Also, eggs older than 10 days old lose viability pretty fast, so if only one Hen laid all 30+ eggs, around half of them would be too old, plus if they were not stored correctly (in a cool area around 55-60 degrees, out of direct sunlight and tilted/turned at least once a day) before you bought them that could effect viability as well. My Hens' egg fertility rates hit rock bottom with the high temps we are having this month, so there's another thing that may have caused your failed hatch.

    There are lots of variables to consider as to why 0 out of the 30+ eggs hatched, and I'd hate to think there's people out there that knowingly sell infertile eggs (but of course there are I'm sure), have you asked for a refund or a 2nd batch of eggs?
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, we'd need pics to be able to tell you if you have a pair or two females. Do they both make the "come back! come back!" sound like a female?
  4. racuda

    racuda Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:How many eggs do you get each day? One or two?
  5. MNShepherdess

    MNShepherdess Chirping

    Jun 11, 2011
    Quote:Pictures would be helpful. Do they "buckwheat" or say "come back" as someone else said? Or do they just make a horrible gaggling raucous all the time? lol
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    That's definitely a very descriptive way of describing Guinea noise [​IMG]

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