using a hen to hatch/raise guinea

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by cbourbeau32, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. cbourbeau32

    cbourbeau32 Chirping

    Sep 29, 2014
    I have a broody hen that is sitting in a nesting box (not contained and subject to switch boxes) and have some guinea eggs that should start pipping tomorrow or the next day. I'd like to put about 6-8 guinea eggs under her just as they start pipping so that she has the least amount of time to switch nests. The reason I had to leave her on the nest is because when I moved her a couple of nights ago to my "broody hen setup" which is a small enclosure with only one box to sit in she freaked out and wouldn't sit. I let her out and she went back to the coop and has been sitting again. Once the eggs hatch I've heard that it would then be safe to move her because she wouldn't abandon the chicks (keets in this case). Has anyone ever done this?

    Thanks, Charlie

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