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Guinea hen setting on nest should i let her?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by 9farmgirl9, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Songster

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    I have a guinea hen on a nest, she is setting on rotten eggs though (eggs that are old just there so theyll lay). Should i let her hatch babies? she is in a pretty preditor safe place and its right by the house. I had another guinea hen on a different nest but i had to break her she was over a mile away and by a skunk nest, didnt want to loose her.
     

  2. aria122

    aria122 In the Brooder

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    I say yes! I think if the instinct is there go with it.

    HOWEVER: be prepared to take care of the chicks either with mom or by yourself after they hatch. Guineas are not known to be good mothers.
     
  3. 9farmgirl9

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    It would be fine if i had keets to take care of i have an incubator full of guinea eggs, just had some hatch. My other hen that i talk about a mile away b4 she sat on that nest she sat on one close to the house but something scared her and she abandand the eggs, they wereabout a week from hatching so i took them and put them in te incubator, they are now 5 days old, there were 11 eggs, one stopped forming b4 i got it and 2 were backwards in the shell the other 7 hatched and are healthy
     
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I would. [​IMG]

    I wish one of my guin-hens would go broody..in the coop! [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen
     
  5. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Songster

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    i mightjust let her, i always wished that mine wood then when it happened i jus didnt no what to do.
     
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:I would 'def let her hatch some keets! [​IMG]


    "The more the merrier!" [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen
     
  7. 9farmgirl9

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    How many good and bad eggs should i put under her?
     

  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Um, I would put at least 6 good eggs under her, maybe even 12+ I don't know how many eggs you have laying around so it's up to you. But 6 at least. [​IMG]

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  9. 9farmgirl9

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    I have rght now about a dozen good eggs not cunting 2days eggs which is around 5-6 eggs a day. and 40+ bad eggs
     
  10. BritinMO

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    I'd say YES, the wait is well worth the joy of seeing a little face peeking out from under the mother:lol: This was my bundle of joy yesterday! Currently now have 2 babies, and patiently (yeah right!) waiting for some more to hatch!

    [​IMG]
     

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