Guineas hatching 3 days early!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by happyhensny, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Sep 23, 2008
    near Albany, New York
    We put some Guinea, Turkey & Peafowl eggs in the bator on 5/14. Lockdown today, 6/8, and when I took the eggs out of the turner 3 Guineas had already pipped. Well, now one has hatched! It is in the bator peeping, flopping around just like normal. This is our first time incubating anything other than chickens, is this common?

    ETA: 12 hours out of the turner and 2 Guineas have hatched. Are they eager to play?
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  2. Larry33843

    Larry33843 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2010
    Frostproof, FL
    Yes, guineas may hatch as early as 25 days. I was forewarned by the BYC members that hatch guineas to lockdown on day 23 and expect keets beginning on day 25. In March I hatched 27 out of 45 I received by USPS. Didn't lose any that hatched, actually hand picked the membrane off a brown or chocolate that now, at 11 weeks, I can't tell from the others of similar color.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Yep. Mine always like to hatch early. Well.....some do, the rest wait till due day so it's a looong hatch! lol Congrats on the babies!
  4. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Sep 23, 2008
    near Albany, New York
    Three of the little wild ones out as of this morning. Love their peeps, different sound than chickens!

  5. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    my last batch hatched on day 23 all out by day 25. and i am using a brinsea spot check thermometer. temps were rock solid. with guineas anything is possible. i watch mine like a mother hen starting on day 23. checking the bator for pips four or five times a day.
  6. gardenknitter

    gardenknitter In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Mine hatched over a 4 day period, starting (I think) on day 24. Have another 24 in the bator now and 11 under the momma hen! [​IMG]

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