Hatching Guinea's - One Guide from Indiana

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Paul Jones, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Paul Jones

    Paul Jones Out Of The Brooder

    I know I googled here a lot when I started hatching guinea's - so hopefully this thread will be indexed, too. And, help someone out.

    I started with 36 eBay shipped pearl gray guinea eggs. Shipped from Oklahoma to Indiana.

    I paid a little over a dollar an egg shipped. Let them sit a day and warm up to room temperature before they hit the incubator.

    I am using a Styrofoam hovabator with auto egg turner. Temp is hard to adjust and it did vary. I adjust by plugging holes and laying a towel on it and being patient!

    I probably hatched 6 or 7 batches of guinea eggs - so that is my experience level. Hatched several batches of chickens, too.

    My hatch rate is usually about 50% with shipped eggs. I got 53% with this hatch (so far)

    I don't candle and just let them go.

    Guinea eggs supposedly take 28 days so lockdown would be Day 25, but I lock down on Day 23 based on other hatches and other internet information.

    I keep humidity at 50% until lockdown, then I had hot water to get the humidity in the 80% + range - or more.

    I count the first day as Day 0 - so one full day is 24 hours. Here is my chart:

    Day 0 8/14/14 6:00pm on incubator
    Day 1 8/15/14
    Day 2 8/16/14
    Day 3 8/17/14
    Day 4 8/18/14
    Day 5 8/19/14
    Day 6 8/20/14
    Day 7 8/21/14
    Day 8 8/22/14
    Day 9 8/23/14
    Day 10 8/24/14

    Day 11 8/25/14
    Day 12 8/26/14
    Day 13 8/27/14
    Day 14 8/28/14
    Day 15 8/29/14
    Day 16 8/30/14
    Day 17 8/31/14
    Day 18 9/1/14
    Day 19 9/2/14
    Day 20 9/3/14

    Day 21 9/4/14
    Day 22 9/5/14
    Day 23 9/6/14 took off turner and increased humidity
    Day 24 9/7/14 one pipping this am; now 2 this pm
    Day 25 9/8/14 4 chicks this am. 8 keets by 6 pm
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    Day 26 9/9/14 10 keets this am; 14 by 6 pm
    Day 27 9/10/14 14 keets this am. 15 by 6 pm
    Day 28 9/11/14 15 keets this am; 17 by 6pm

    Day 29 9/12/14. 19 this morning; but looking at remaining eggs, I think they are done.
    Day 30 9/13/14
     
  2. Paul Jones

    Paul Jones Out Of The Brooder

    On lockdown ...

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    Some guinea's at my farm ...


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  3. Paul Jones

    Paul Jones Out Of The Brooder

    Some keets ...

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  4. Paul Jones

    Paul Jones Out Of The Brooder

    Some more pictures ...

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