New guy with incubating questions

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by mammal, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. mammal

    mammal Hatching

    Apr 30, 2011
    I'm new to guineas, have had some for about a year, and have always been able to snoop around here to find answers to any questions I might have but now I might need a little more help. After starting with 6 I'm down to 1 hen and 2 cocks. When my hen started laying a few weeks ago I was gonna try my luck at incubating some eggs and restocking. After having some in my bator for a couple weeks I was gonna candle the first few. Well, I accidently dropped the first one and cracked it, so I went ahead and opened it and it was all yolk. And the other ones I candled I didn't see what I thought I should. So now I'm a little disheartened about the rest.
    I would gather my eggs every 4-6 days and put them in my bator in groups so I wouldn't have 1 a day hatching and closely monitored my bator. So should I put the egg in every day I get it or is it all right to wait a few days like I did? Are there certain conditions I should store them in? Or maybe they're just not fertile?
    Any help, tips, suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  2. cracking up

    cracking up Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    So Cal
    How long were you incubating before you candled? If it was more than a week they probably aren't fertile. You can leave them in the nest for longer than a week and they will still be good for hatching. Don't give up, sometimes it takes a while for young birds to start laying fertile eggs. With one hen and two cocks they should be ok.

    They get incubated just like chickens just a week longer.

    Good luck.
  3. okdfarms

    okdfarms In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2010
    since your birds are just a year, they may not have their act together yet. have you seen any breeding or are the males too busy squabbling? when you opened up your egg, were you able to locate the blastodisc?
    my hens started laying in march. i gathered the eggs every day. i cracked open the first dozen or so. fertility was very low. by about the third week, approx 80% were fertile.
    you can collect and store the eggs for up to 10 days - but less than 7 days is better. you want to keep the eggs at around 60 degrees and turn them a few times each day (not critical). candling guinea eggs is very difficult due to their extremely tough shells. you'll need a very good light source. by day 10 you should see some development for sure.
    what kind of incubator are you using? what are your settings??

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