Laying cycles of Guinea hens

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by jlmann, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. jlmann

    jlmann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know the approximate length of the laying cycle for guinea hens?
    We have one and she layed for maybe 3 weeks last year and hasn't layed any since.
    As it stands now I am waiting for warmer weather and longer days to see if that will trigger another laying cycle but I am really concerned about a possible nutrition problem or illness. The guinea appears healthy and eats well and is approximately 1 year old . All of my other 1 year olds (chickens) have either started or are getting ready to start a second cycle so any help will be greatly appreciated! Oh yeah the guinea is in with the other birds so she is on laying crumbles and a little bit of scratch grains (since its cold) and she also has access to plenty of grit and oyster shell. Thanks in advance!

    JM
     
  2. maine chicks

    maine chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    March thru September depending where you are-Young birds might start early-mine began a couple months ago-but it is just a juvenile thing. They drop eggs all over now but should find a nesting spot when the weather warms and they get outside more. I'm told they lay quite a few eggs before they get broody and they are not great mothers. If the eggs hatch you might want to grab the keets and put them under lights.
     
  3. jlmann

    jlmann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks a lot. I'm just new to guineas and she was a gift from the local feed store last time I got chickens from them. They are pretty birds but they sure can make a lot of noise!! Thanks again!

    JM
     

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