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Oh NO, I'm getting the itch again! Using a guinea????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicks_N_Horses, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I went egg crazy in the spring and early summer and hatched hundreds of baby chicks....lots of them came from members on here [​IMG]

    I found my guinea hen today on about 30 eggs outside. They are all bad because she has no guinea roo. She is my only guinea. Can I use her to incubate like a broody hen? Get her some eggs to put under her and let her raise them???

    Or should I stick to my trusty broody game hen and my incubator???
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    Depends where she is, if she is outside, and let her know that you know where the nest is and she may no longer stay broody. Guineas are noted for not being the best moms, I have never had one stay broody. They are all but impossible to move to a safe place, once you desturb them, they are quick to quite being broody.
     
  3. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I found my guinea hen today on about 30 eggs outside. They are all bad because she has no guinea roo. She is my only guinea

    how can you incubate/let the guinea broody? you even don't have a male guinea, so the eggs are infertile and you want to hatch them, that's impossible.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    My hen hatched 9 keets early this summer, then lost everyone of them within a month. I wouldn't use a guinea hen as a broody.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:They want to get fertile eggs to swap with the infertile ones [​IMG]
     
  6. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Really? Well, she doesn't live in a coop. She just lives outside all the time and usually roosts in the trees. I did disturb her when I found her today...so I could see how many eggs she had. So, I will see if she is back on the nest tomorrow or if she has abandoned it. She did have it in a very well hidden spot.

    I would be content just to leave her nest where it is and slip some good eggs for her to hatch........

    I was hoping they had a good reputation for brooding/mothering.... [​IMG]
     
  7. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Quote:No, you aren't understanding....I want to get some fertile chicken eggs for her to hatch for me [​IMG]
     
  8. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, i understand it after shellyd explained it. [​IMG]
     
  9. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 2 guinea hens hatch out over 50 keets this year. i let them both keep 5 keets each. one mom was killed by a predator along with all her keets but the other one still has 4 out of 5 keets still alive. her mate is no longer around, predator got him i guess. so they do go broody and they are ok moms. just don't bother her and she will do ok.
     
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Guineas are pretty poor parents and with her sitting outside there are high odds she'll get killed by something or scared off the nest. I wouldn't spend money on eggs to trust them to a guinea unless I had a proven setter confined to a building or pen. Usually people don't even use their guineas to hatch more keets. If they do manage to hatch some you'll end up having to take the chicks/keets away because they almost always lose them all.
     

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