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Not sure if I get to call my juvenile guinea group the “juveniles” anymore! Just saw the most dominant younger group cock mating the very most submissive, fringe hen in the group. I haven’t seen any pairing activity going on but have seen some hen invitations to mate that were unsuccessful... It’s a typical OK day for this time of year - highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s, so I’m not sure why they seem so early as compared to last year. I really hope that they all hold off on the egg laying for awhile...
 
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'Tis the season for the geese as well! Caught mine practicing this morning! Are you going to let your guineas hatch any?
I did all of that last year... It’s how I ended up with the juvenile group! My daughter also hatched to sell the keets last year - we will see if she’s up for that again later in the spring. I had terrible luck trying to get them to incubate and brood their own eggs last year, but I’ve also had a hard time integrating, so I’m not sure for this year. The most important thing that I need to do for them this year is make nest boxes (I have a novel design idea) and pen them in until they accept the nest boxes. Last year, all of those outdoor guinea nests turned out to be a predator magnet - I really need to avoid that this year!
 

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Oh absolutely! I hope they will take to the nest boxes for your sake and their safety! 🤞 My BIL had guineas for a while and never had success with natural brooding either...his birds were too busy to be bothered with a month of sitting still!
 
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Oh absolutely! I hope they will take to the nest boxes for your sake and their safety! 🤞 My BIL had guineas for a while and never had success with natural brooding either...his birds were too busy to be bothered with a month of sitting still!
Mine laid a huge communal nest in their coop, which I was thrilled with because it stopped the outdoor nests. Then they (5 hens!) went broody on it, but killed the keets when they hatched. In my second attempt, I only let them keep a small number of eggs, and two girls went broody on them. They successful hatched one keet, cared for it for a few days, then abandoned it. Here are pics of the giant nest with all of the ladies lined up to incubate it (now I know that communal nests are not recommended!), and one of Concord the purple pies hen with the keet that she hatched, when she was still caring for it. We had a number of successful broody chickens last year, and they were SO much easier than those stubborn guineas!
 

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Now that is a communal nest!! If they would have hatched all those and raised them successfully, it would have been one for the records! Mama looks like she's asking you to babysit....long term 😂
 
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Now that is a communal nest!! If they would have hatched all those and raised them successfully, it would have been one for the records! Mama looks like she's asking you to babysit....long term 😂
Yeah that was a crazy nest!!!🤣 Concord’s poor baby, Viceroy, was a basket case when I gave up and took her. I had other keets that I had hatched from the giant communal nest (hatched about 55!) but they were a month older so I had to separate Viceroy using a “look don’t touch approach”. She would call and call to the older keets and desperately try to get to them, until she broke through at about a month old. They actually treated her and little Victor (2 weeks younger than Viceroy) quite well, so I left them all together then. Viceroy and Victor are now around 5 months old and pretty happy with their flock of “juveniles”.
 

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