Hah!...found the nest

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by darkmatter, May 21, 2010.

  1. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had been finding the occasional egg left in the coop with the chickens, I slipped some under the first broody hen and now have 3 keets being raised by the Hen. While mowing, I found the guinea nest hidden next to my wood pile. I now have 42 eggs in the incubator....we'll see what in about 28 days.
     
  2. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Congrats! I'm still trying to find my nest! I wish hubby would listen to me and not let them out to free range at 6am! And now of course they're going into the woods and who knows where the nest could be.

    Laurie
     
  3. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    they will lay between 11 and 2 the male is the watchdog while the hen is on the nest. they will talk back and forth to each other if you get close look for the watch dog male walk around close to him and listen for the hen to make a light squacking sound. almost a peep peep sound. thats how i find nest
     
  4. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Ummm I have 35 acres of woods and 30 guineas. I wish it was that easy.
     
  5. Cacklin" Hens

    Cacklin" Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! Did you take all the eggs out of the nest though when you found it?
     
  6. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cacklin" Hens :

    Congratulations! Did you take all the eggs out of the nest though when you found it?

    Yes, it was overflowing, more then two guinea hens, I suspect, I put all 42 in the incubator. If, I'm lucky, I'll have a couple more chicken hens go broody before the incubator is done and slip some of them under her. If I have a fresh mother hen with chicks/keets I'll try putting day old + keets in at night---I understand chickens can't count.
    I've tried in the past to just let the Guineas hatch their own in the field and have not had any success----0%, nada, zippy..point..zero. Seems either a predator will get the Guinea while setting or all the keets will die from hypothermia. I had one guinea successfully avoid predation and hatched 14 of the cute little buggers, but within three days, all had died. Even tho it was a warm summer week, the morning dew did them in. A mother Chicken hen has a better chance of keeping the keets alive the first few critical weeks.
    Also, my neighbors down the lane liked my guineas roaming for the bugs/ticks removal and after they found out about my find, they found some of my Guineas (they've been tossing out food to attract them I think!) had established a nest on their property too---27 eggs in that one. I told them they could do as they like---eat them, incubate, or let nature take its course. I'm just happy I've got good neighbors for the most part. (I'm not talking about the dogpack owning ones)​
     
  7. poultryfan73

    poultryfan73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Im still trying to find my nest also! [​IMG]
     
  8. Cacklin" Hens

    Cacklin" Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, it was overflowing, more then two guinea hens, I suspect, I put all 42 in the incubator. If, I'm lucky, I'll have a couple more chicken hens go broody before the incubator is done and slip some of them under her. If I have a fresh mother hen with chicks/keets I'll try putting day old + keets in at night---I understand chickens can't count.
    I've tried in the past to just let the Guineas hatch their own in the field and have not had any success----0%, nada, zippy..point..zero. Seems either a predator will get the Guinea while setting or all the keets will die from hypothermia. I had one guinea successfully avoid predation and hatched 14 of the cute little buggers, but within three days, all had died. Even tho it was a warm summer week, the morning dew did them in. A mother Chicken hen has a better chance of keeping the keets alive the first few critical weeks.
    Also, my neighbors down the lane liked my guineas roaming for the bugs/ticks removal and after they found out about my find, they found some of my Guineas (they've been tossing out food to attract them I think!) had established a nest on their property too---27 eggs in that one. I told them they could do as they like---eat them, incubate, or let nature take its course. I'm just happy I've got good neighbors for the most part. (I'm not talking about the dogpack owning ones)

    The reason I asked is because if you took all the eggs out, they might make a new nest somewhere else now.
     
  9. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The way I found my first nest was that every day around 4pm I would hear the female calling from the woods, and the male would call back. I started taking a walk by them every day and eventually caught her going to the nest. I went back a few hours later and found it. I don't think there is a particular time, they just lay when they're ready. One day I went down to check the nest after dinner and a guinea was in there laying.
     

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