what age do guineas loose their fertility

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by lcw1995, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. lcw1995

    lcw1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Marysville Ohio
    i have had a male guinea since middle of 07
    i just got a young pair about 1 1/2 years old
    the old male has become the mate to the young female
    question is is he not fertile anymore
    he was full grown and mature when i got him
    for all i no he could be 5 years old or more
    seems old to me for a bird to still be fertile
    im not sure if the young male has been able to mate with her
    old male is pretty dang protective
    i got an egg from her today
    not sure if its fertile
    i would like to hatch some keets before shes done for the year
    thanks cole
     
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  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO he should still be fertile if he's healthy (especially if he's feelin' good enough to still be goin' at it!). It's typically the Hens that peter out before the males do, you'll see a gradual decline in egg production each year after they turn 3 - 4 yrs old, rather than fertility issues with the eggs they do lay. Make sure she's on a layer feed and has free choice to oyster shell and hope for the best [​IMG]

    Open the egg and examine the blastodisc on the yolk... if you see a bullseye, she's laying fertile eggs [​IMG] Sometimes the first eggs aren't fertile tho, so you may want to test a few more as she lays.

    The young male may have snuck in a few quickies, ya never know, lol.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:I'm in complete agreement with all that PeepsCa had to say including the probable quickies. [​IMG]
     
  4. cracking up

    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could always stick it in the incubator for a week and candle it. Collect five and stick them in together. I'm an optimist - that way you'll have four hatch at the same time.
     
  5. lcw1995

    lcw1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Marysville Ohio
    i dont think im gonna crack it open just yet
    want to try and get a few more
    this isint the first eggs shes laid
    shes layed about 30 or so
    she layed those at the ladys house i got her from she said
    yea hes definitely healthy
    acts just like the young male
    cant tell a difference in the health lol
    when they do the chase the old male does the chasing and keeps up with the younger
    hes knocked the young one for a loop a few times
     
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL he's prolly gettin' the deed done then [​IMG]
     

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