Gunieas laying eggs...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chik-N-Crazy, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Chik-N-Crazy

    Chik-N-Crazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know much about guinea eggs? I have two pair of guineas they are about 9-10 mos old, we've had them since they were babies. When will they start to lay? Will it be clear which eggs are theirs and which are the chickens? They are pinned together and do not roam w/o supervision. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a seasonal layer, and thier season is about here, you will be able to tell, thier eggs are smaller than a full sized chicken egg, and will be pointier(is that a real word??) and if you go to crack one, it will be harder than a chicken egg.
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    left side is a bantam Cochin, center is Guinea, right is Leghorn egg
     
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  3. Chik-N-Crazy

    Chik-N-Crazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you make any different accomadations for them to lay, or will they use the chicken nests? I have heard they like "private" space, so I thought about adding some branches or "brush" like material in the corner of the house, but if they don't really need it, I'd rather not add a potential hiding place for mice and such!!
     
  4. jlmann

    jlmann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with your guineas! Mine are very private layers and will even escape from their coop/run to go hide eggsand they even move their nesting spot around on me sometimes if they see me getting eggs. My grandma used to swear by guinea eggs for baking,supposedly made cakes etc. fluffier .I think she used a ratio of something like 2 or 3 guinea eggs to one chicken egg.
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine freerange, so its like easter egg hunt time everyday, they like bushes with thorns the best, or at least that seems to be my findings. [​IMG]
     
  6. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im also glad u made this post because i have 1 guinea hen and 4 MALES and shes about 8 months old.
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have been told that guineas can smell if you have been in their nest. Quite a few people have told me that you need to use 'something' to take the eggs from the nest. One friend has a plastic spoon taped onto the end of a broom handle, so she doesn't even need to go near the nest.
     
  8. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I stand boards up in the chicken coop, guineas like to hide their eggs. I take all the eggs except for one. This keeps them laying in the same location.
     
  9. Chik-N-Crazy

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    Quote:That's about what happened with us!! I can never have 1 of anything so when I saw guniea chicks at the stock yard I had to have $20.00 worth, which was 8 total!! My husband said why can't you just get a couple, but I wanted to make sure that I could have males and females and the possibility of eggs, well, they killed one themselves, so out of the 7 left, 2 females 5 males!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. I have 10 guianas.well they are my GS but i take care of them and feed them so I call them mine and they roost in my trees. I still haven't found a nest but I think 2 are setting wish I could find her and add some of my rir eggs. [​IMG] marrie
     

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