Guineas hatching 3 days early!

happyhensny

Brown Barns Farm
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
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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?
 
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Larry33843

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jan 27, 2010
43
4
34
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.
 
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MuranoFarms

Songster
10 Years
Nov 14, 2009
2,335
26
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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!
 

bigdawg

AA Poultry
10 Years
Jun 28, 2009
1,185
9
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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.
 

gardenknitter

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
41
1
32
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!
 

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