How to hatch Guineas?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by sega, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. sega

    sega Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been hatching chickens and now what to try Guineas. Other than the number of days needed what else should I know before I put Guinea eggs in the incubator? Plan on hatching two incubators full. One batch in an LG with fan and turner and the other a Brower TopHatch.
     
  2. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    Guinea take 26-28 days. Mine took 28 exactly.

    I incubated along with chicken eggs.....same as I did the chicken eggs.
     
  3. chickenology

    chickenology Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my first group hatch last week. I incubated at 99.5-100, locked down at day 24, and the first one hatched on day 25. The other four all hatched on day 26. This was my first, so not certain it is the best method, but it hatched 5/7 eggs that went into lockdown. There was at least one day that I found the incubator had crept up to 101, which might explain the earlier hatch date. I kept humidity at what I hatch chickens at. I gave the keets away to a friend, but she says they are very healthy and doing great. Maybe someone else more experienced can comment on their methods. Good luck!
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Be sure to start with clean disinfected incubators. Only set clean eggs, don't wash them, if they are dirty don't use them. Try not to handle the eggs too much to keep from getting the oils off your skin onto the eggs. Guinea eggs retain pretty good viability rates as they age (IF they are stored correctly), but try to use 10 day old eggs or newer if you can. Also be sure to keep your humidity around 50-55% during incubation (you may need to add water every 3-4 days), and bump it up to around 70% for lockdown, the last 3 days (I always refill the troughs and add wet sponges to keep it this high). Keep your temp as stable as possible day and night at 99.5 degrees, where you place the incubators plays a huge roll, so keep that in mind when you set your incubators up. Some incubator companies suggest dropping the temp one degree during the lockdown, but it really makes no difference in all of my hatching experiences.

    Best of luck [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011

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