Incubating Guinea Eggs

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by chicksooner, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think due to the crazy weather we have had this year my guineas are laying rather regularly. I was thinking of collecting and incubating to see what I get. Is the process any different than chicken eggs? Can i incubate with chicken eggs? How does the keet get out of that shell. They are hard as rocks to crack.
     
  2. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens incubate in about 21 day, guineas in about 28 (some hatch earlier though). I wouldn't incubate them together because you would have a dramatic fluctuation in temp and humidity in the incubator when the chickens hatch out - but I'm a novice at hatching so I do things the safest way possible. Peeps, for example, has a TON of experience hatching.

    My opinion? If you're new to hatching, keep it simple.

    I asked myself the same question about those shells, :). Those tiny little birds breaking those thick shells...I guess nature has it figured out though!
     
  3. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    21 days vs 28 days would complicate lock down. I really need a hatcher. [​IMG]

    Same temps and humidity levels apply?
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same temp and RH, tho IME keets do hatch a little easier with a little higher humidity for lock-down... I usually have my RH up around 70-75%, sometimes 80%. You can incubate both types of eggs together, just put the chicken eggs in 7 days after you start your Guinea eggs, so whatever is fertile will all hatch together.
     
  5. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course. I should have thought of that. [​IMG] With the dry air here I usually lockdown with 70-75% as it tends to dry up little faster. Might just experiment after the bator is cleaned up from this hatch. Do you store guinea eggs for hatching like you would chicken?
     
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I store mine in my spare bedroom which is always under 70 degrees and somewhat humid from a fish tank that's in there... I put the eggs in clean/new egg cartons, with one end elevated up on a couple books, switching ends a couple times a day while they are stored (to simulate turning them). I try to incubate them within 7-10 days of collecting them, but you can get away with up to 14 days. That's about the point the viability starts to decline, fairly rapidly.
     
  7. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is how I store my chicken eggs. Thanks for the help.
     

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