incubation

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by feathers222, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. feathers222

    feathers222 Hatching

    A friend of my is giving me some chicken eggs to incubate for myself and she wants me to put some guinea fowl eggs in with them are there any tricks or secrets I need to know to be successful
     

  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

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    Important!!! Guineas take 28 days. which means unless you have two incubators, you'll want to put in the incubators roughly 7 days later than the chicken eggs. We spray our guinea eggs with warm water when we put them in and right before lockdown as loong as there are no cracks in the eggs!!!! Great luck with the hatch . We love our guinea eggs.
     
  3. feathers222

    feathers222 Hatching

    I assume you mean seven days earlier so they will all hatch together. My incubator is manual turn so I will be at it three times a day will this be a problem.
     
  4. KrisH

    KrisH Songster

    you are correct, put the guinea eggs in as close to 7 days earlier than the chicken eggs. turn them all at the same time. until lock down (which will be the same for guinea and chicken eggs if you set the guinea eggs 7 days earlier then the chicken eggs) they should all hatch about the same time within a day or two.

    the cool thing for us was thet the chicks seemed to help the keets be a little calmer., but the keets can RUN circles around the chicks. those little suckers are QUICK!

    RobertH
     
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  5. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

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    The only issue you might have is that the Guinea eggs tend to do much better with higher humidity for the lock-down/hatch period, at least 70%, and not all chicken eggs can handle it that high (they may drown). If you can't have your humidity that high then try to resist opening the incubator at all until all of the eggs have hatched... because when a rush of cooler, dry air goes into the incubator it can shrink wrap the tough inner membrane down over the keets, sticking to them and restricting their movement so they can't pip and then spin around and zip to hatch, or it can suffocate them if it sticks to their nostrils.
     

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