Guinea problem

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Golden Brahma 64, May 21, 2018.

  1. Golden Brahma 64

    Golden Brahma 64 Songster

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    so I got two full grown guineas around Easter time (rooster and hen) I haven’t seen any eggs (I’m keeping them for breeding purposes) and I haven’t seen them mating. The male does chase the hen around with his wings standing up but the hen keeps running away from him when he does this. Any ideas ?
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger Premium Member 5 Years

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    First is you don't have enough guineas. They are a flock bird and do best in large groups. I never recommend having a flock of fewer than 10 so they can have their proper relations with the whole flock.

    Most people never see a guinea cock (not rooster) mate with a guinea hen because it takes place very quickly.

    The hen will begin laying eggs when she is ready. They also like to hide their nests very well so that if she is laying eggs in a hidden nest, you will have to find the nest.

    My guineas normally start laying in the middle of April. Everything here is running late this year and I never found a guinea egg until the middle of this month (May).
     
  3. Golden Brahma 64

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    Their with a flock of ten chickens, the guineas think they’re chickens :lau
    so I wouldn’t worry about that. Thanks for your reply, I guess I’ll just wait and see.
     
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  4. Dmontgomery

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    Are they penned up with the chickens or free ranging part of the day?
    Guinea breeding happens really quick. I didn’t realize we had a breeding pair for over a year. My hen had layed a clutch of 25 eggs a few months after we first got them, but I figured they were infertile because I had never seen the male mount her. (I never paid attention to their calls.) The second season I noticed one jump on the other for like 2-3 seconds. Then I realized we had a male and female.
     
  5. Golden Brahma 64

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    Their fully free range. I don’t mind if she has a clutch somewhere. I’m hoping she’ll set soon, it’ll give us a break from that obnoxious ‘mating call’ she gets lost when they turn back to back, yea that’s how “slow” she really is :lau
     
  6. Dmontgomery

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    No it won’t. She will still scream insanely even when she is on the nest. He will wander off occasionally and she will get ticked off he isn’t right there.
     
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  7. Golden Brahma 64

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    :th
    Guess I’ll have to buy some of these
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  8. Dmontgomery

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    That boy’s mama is so proud of him.
     
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  9. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger Premium Member 5 Years

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    If she sets on a hidden nest, it won't be long until a predator gets her.
     
  10. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger Premium Member 5 Years

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    When they start harassing the chickens, attacking from behind and pulling or breaking feathers, the chickens are the ones who will get stressed out. Chickens don't understand guinea behaviors but other guineas do.
     
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