Hen hatching guinea egg questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GwenFarms, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I've never used a hen to hatch other species, but a friend came me a dozen and a half guinea eggs to put under a broody hen that I have. I know I've read on here where other folks have. When they hatch will the hen raise them, or will I need to seperate them? Do I need to be concerned the last week. I know that a check hatches at 21 days, but a guinea hatches at 27, do I need to worry about the hen leaving the nest, or cracking the eggs to check for viability after 23 days, or so?

    I know this is how lots of guinea owners hatch their eggs, so I know it will work, but I don't want to make any mistakes. I really need these guines. We garden organically and guineas make the best buggers without causing much damage to plants.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It think it would be fine. The hen will probably not get up till the chicks arrive.

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