HELP! Guinea question

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Libelle, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Libelle

    Libelle Hatching

    May 1, 2008
    Westmoreland, Tennessee
    I have been told that keets are prone to hatching with some or all of their intestines outside their bodies, which kills them after they hatch. My question is why? I know that in humans, this is usually a congenital problem that is solved with surgery, but I don't know how to do surgery on a keet. Someone told me that it has something to do with the temperature fluctuations of the incubator during development, but I can't seem to find any info on this sad situation. I have eggs hatching right now and several of the keets over the last 3 days have had this problem. I know I can't solve it with my current batch, but I would like to avoid this in the future if possible. Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks!
  2. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    I can't help you, but maybe some else here can. I am new to hatching eggs myself.
  3. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    I am sorry to hear that. I have hatched probably 30 or 40 guineas over the last couple years and have never had that problem. I am thinking it is more to do with the final humidity in the bator and possible the temp. You want to keep it just like chickens and make sure the humidity is around 70% for the end since thier eggs as so hard. Again I am sorry for your problem and loss. Jenn
  4. summerwindsfarm

    summerwindsfarm Songster

    Jun 5, 2008
    Stroud, Oklahoma
    Ive hatched a lot of guineas too and never had this problem with them. In fact i have a much higher hatch rate with my guineas than with chicken eggs. They are pretty hardy little buggers as long as you dont let them get chilled.

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