New to guineas

Homestead Mama

Hatching
5 Years
Oct 2, 2014
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We currently have 4 adult guineas - not sure of sexes. One hen has recently laid & is brooding a clutch of 13 eggs. Did she lay because the eggs are fertilized, or do they just lay anyway like chicken hens without a rooster? Would enjoy increasing our flock. Guineas (black/brown speckled) are so unique & ugly that they all have their own beauty! Thanks in advance for any replies.
 

BantamLover21

Crowing
7 Years
Jul 24, 2013
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1,553
426
As far as I know, guinea fowl will lay eggs without a rooster, and will go broody on infertile eggs. However, it is certainly possible that your hen is sitting on fertile eggs--guinea fowl are hard to sex. I guess you'll just have to see if they hatch!
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The incubation period for Guinea Fowl is 27-28 days.

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Wyandottes7

Crowing
6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
20,586
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Welcome to BYC!
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We're glad to have you.

I haven't kept Guinea Fowl myself, but I'm pretty sure that they'll lay eggs, even without the eggs being fertilzed or there being a male.
 

Kelsie2290

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Feb 18, 2011
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4,931
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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3 on stop by the Guinea forum, if you can post pictures of your birds they could probably help you figure out what sexes you actually have.
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
25,581
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Montana
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about Guineas (never had any), but definitely check out the guinea link that TwoCrows has left you with and take advantage of our guinea experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your guineas.
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Aug 26, 2009
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Hope you have a male in there somewhere so that her eggs are fertile. Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock, nice that you would join us.
 

MeepBeep

Songster
5 Years
If you get both unique calls from your guineas and/or if the waddles and helmets are drastically different sizes you likely have mixed sexes and thus will have fertile eggs, ... Sometimes they can be awful moms so you might want to keep on eye on the broody hen and have an incubator and brooder on standby if you really want to hatch and raise them...
 

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