- Apr 1, 2011
Okay, I had 3 momma guineas hatch 5 babies. After they left the nest, i went out to gather up what was left and I found a baby buried in hay and dirt, he was completely out of the crushed egg shell, but his cord was still attatched. Little guy was just all curled up in a fetal position and very, very cold. I thought he was dead then I heard a little peep. I brought him in the house an on closer inspection you could see he had not absorbed all his yolk and his little eyes were crusted over with dirt. It was just pitiful. Anyway, dear hubby and I got a lamp with a 40 watt bulb (that's all we had), we put him in a tray, on a towl with the lamp over him and we put foil around the tray for the heat. We put a thermometer in with him and got the temp up to a hundred. He finally started warming up, he started trying to move around but he would just roll. He couldn't walk. So, we fixed up a large pet taxi, put the lamp in and got it up to 95 degrees, we left him in his little tray and put it in the pet taxi. after 6-8 hours he still wasnt walking but the little guy would sit up and peck at the towel, so I sprinkled a little chick starter down and he started eating but still not walking. You could try and make him stand and he would just fall over. Over the next 24 hours, I would hold him up and make him take steps, kinda like physical therapy, I would make him walk and dip his beak in water. It has been 2 days, and now, he is up walking, drinking and eating. He was having trouble with one of his eyes. I think with all the dirt he was under, and I think he actually got pecked out of his shell by one of the other female guineas. I saw her back there scatterign all the eggs pecking around after the mommas got up. Anyway, this morning I wet a small cloth and wiped his little eye and he actually opened it. Now, after that long story, my question is, I have a Momma chicken hen and 12 guinea eggs, she is due to hatch the 6th. Do you think if he is still doing really well, I could sneak him in there at night and put him under the chicken and she won't know any difference and raise him. He is so cute, he kept snuggling up to the thermometer so I rolled up a sock and put in there with him, i noticed he kept trying to put his head in the sock trying to snuggle like they do their momma, so I took the sock out and put a little stuffed bear in there, I put the bear face down and his arms out so he would be up a little, well, the little guy snuggles up to the bear when he sleeps. He gets under the bears arm. It is sooooo cute. I'll have to try and up load a picture. Anyway, it anyone has any advice if you think I could sneak him in under the chicken hen, I would appreciate it. I named him Lucky.