Introducing baby guinea chicks to a broody hen...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ameador1, May 29, 2008.

  1. ameador1

    ameador1 In the Brooder

    We have 3 - 1 week old baby guineas. We also have a hen that went broody and has been sitting on a nest of eggs 4-6 days. We want to go out at night, steal her eggs and put them in the incubator, and put the baby guineas under her.

    The baby guineas at 1 week old look like brand new baby chickens - they were smaller to start with (well, at least for our chickens - broody is a Buff Orpington). Anyway, we want these guineas to stay with the chickens in the chicken house, so we figured this would be a good way to work them into the groups - with a protective momma hen.

    Broody hen is a little over a year old and has not been broody before - but she seems VERY dedicated. More so than a few of our others that have went broody.

    We are debating some of the following issues:
    * Is it too soon to try this with her?
    * She is setting on probably 15-20 eggs - Should we remove them all and put the 3 babies under her, or add babies and leave some eggs, or...?
    * We figure on doing this shortly after dark so they are together most of the night - the idea being to get them used to the idea of staying with her before it gets light and they all run off in different directions. Is this a good idea or are our chicken instincts off?

    Please advise and add any additional input you may have on the subject.

  2. ameador1

    ameador1 In the Brooder

  3. ameador1

    ameador1 In the Brooder

    No comments? We'll unless something else is posted before tonight, we're gonna go for it and see what happens.
  4. Tricia's Triple Z

    Tricia's Triple Z In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2007
    So how did it go? I thought that I made a comment about this. I have a Buff that went broody but wasn't sitting on eggs. I harassed her daily, she didn't get out to eat so I would put her at the food and water she would eat and drink then go back in. In my opinion Buffs are the most gentle and easy going bird that I have. I also have 11 guinea fowl that they have lived with since they all were chicks. I would have tried it and keep my eye on them, any disturbance then you know you have to just put them under the light. Good Luck
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I just saw this thread and have absolutely no help to offer but I am very interested in how it went?
  6. ameador1

    ameador1 In the Brooder

    Well, I didn't go well at all.

    The hen did not want to take them. I think maybe she thought they were some kind of nest invaders! She would leave them alone for a little bit, but if they got too close to the outter edges around her sides, she'd grab them and toss them out. So long as they stayed under her, she left them alone.

    Anyway, the guinea chicks finally stayed under her and she lef them alone. I worked on trying to get her to take them from around 10:00PM to 1:00AM. I stayed until it seems that everything was fine - they had all settled down at least.

    So, I got up before daylight to make sure she wouldn't kick them out again in the morning once it got light. It seemed that they were all ok, but then about 30 minutes after it stated getting light, she kicked them out again. So, back under the heat lamps they wen't.

    I figured if she kicked them out, even when she could see them that there wasn't much hope.

    We'll just have to raise them ourselves and try introducing them to the chick clan once they're older/bigger so they can at least take care of themselves.

    We also kept the hens eggs - they wen't into the incubator just before trying to put the chicks under her. I wonder if we should have taken the eggs that night and tried putting the chicks under her the next much stress too close together? The next morning I tried taking one of the chicks out where she was walking around - being bruddy/grumpy - and put it down where she could see and hear it, but she just came after it aggressively trying to peck it, so I kept her back and re-collected the baby and brought it back in to the brooder.

    None of the babies appear to have been hurt and have been inside allday yesterday and today and they seem their typical selves.

    Oh, well. She is/was the only hen we have that is being broody, so we don't have any other to try with.

    Live and learn.


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