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guinea Q's

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by briarpatchfarms, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    when and what age does a guinea start laying and how many do they have till they go broody how long does it take to hatch and will they exept chicken eggs
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:Mine started laying thier first spring, about 10 months old at the time

    Quote:Mine never went broody, they all layed in the same spot got as high as 30 eggs and they never chose to sit

    Quote:24-28 days, is the NORM

    Quote:I dont know, but chickens will accerpt guinea eggs and sit for the extra couple days without complaints.
  3. Personally I do not know how Guinea fowl perpetuate thier own kind.

    They lay in a communal nest until it is so full the eggs start to roll out of it.

    They do not choose to go broody except very occasionally.

    They are HORRID mothers and most of their chicks die off.

    They are probably the stupidist bird I have ever had.

    When they are babies they are SOOO cute, but when they get odler they are SOOO ugly.

    They do not start to lay until about 10 to 12 months, if they live that long

    They are noisy and very loud. It seems that it takes the whole bunch of them to make ONE brain.

    Finally, I LOVE my guinea fowl, but I limit the numbers that I have.
  4. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado

    I keep trying to keep a couple of femaile guinea and they cant seem to stay alive. I now have four cocks and am looking for some hens for spring. I would really like to hatch a few.

    I did spend some time talking to a breeder about their habits etc. He told me that it is the cocks that will not be fertile until the weather warms up. He says it needs to be at least 70 degrees for them to be interested in breeding.

    I understand they dont start laying until about June in most parts of the country

    I like em supid or not and they are that
  5. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    thanks for the info you guys it really helps i got a pair from flowerpot last weekend they were royal purple they are so pretty
  6. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    I agree totally, I cannot see how they manage to survive in the wild. Maybe its because they are from Africa (New Guinea) where its hot.

    I love having them on the farm. I had one hen that went broody and hatched 25 but I took them from her since September in ND is not always that warm. I had eggs all over the place most of the summer. I have some Silkie's that I hope will hatch some for me this summer.

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