Guineas finaly laying, Would the eggs be fertile?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by guinea fowl galore, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    I had noticed that one of my pairs had been hanging around this one spot for a while, and finaly decided to go have a look and to my surprise there was eleven eggs there ranging in colour from white to very light brown, It's so exciting.
    we're going to try and incubate some of them and I was woundering how to get the eggs from the nest, I've heard that you have to be carefull but just how carefull do you
    really have to be?
    And am i wasting my time trying to hatch the eggs since this is their first time laying?
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009
  2. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    Anyone [​IMG]
     
  3. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with that...mamma hen will not appriciate you in her business. I usually put a long sleeve shirt/hoodie on with the hood tied and wear gloves. Guinea hen hens can get really mean. Very aggressive. So good luck...Its great entertainment for everyone here when I take keets or eggs from the hen. [​IMG]
     
  4. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    i was thinking about distracting them somehow ( probably with food ) and then with one of those sticks with a spoon on it carfully geting out a few eggs, but would she notice i had done that afterwards?
     
  5. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all of mine are seasonal layers.... i never had one lay this late in the year
     
  6. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Quote:She'll notice. It's gonna make her cranky for a bit, but she'll get over it. They always do. I wouldn't do the stick and spoon. Too easy to drop an egg. Just glove up and reach in.
     
  7. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    Jennings Gamefowl, I'm in Australia. It's the end of spring here.
     
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  8. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    Quote:She'll notice. It's gonna make her cranky for a bit, but she'll get over it. They always do. I wouldn't do the stick and spoon. Too easy to drop an egg. Just glove up and reach in.

    I'm just scared she will move to a different spot.
     
  9. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Minnesota and I had a hen hatch out 11 keets a lil over 2 weeks ago. Good luck distracting her. Once they are on the eggs they are on a mission. At least in my experience. Good luck let us know how it goes.
     
  10. You should be OK if you leave her a few eggs. She will most likely stay in that spot this way.

    If you have more than two hens, remember that they SHARE nests.

    Take as many as you feel comfortable with, leave some and then go back to see if she has laid more.

    You can store Guinea eggs for a few days before you incubate them.

    Good luck. Guinea eggs that are fertile usually have a good percentage of hatching.

    As far as getting to the eggs, wear a heavy garment and a decent pair of gloves.

    Talk to your bird softly and go VERY slowly. Remember that the cock may be right behind you.
     

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