What is the best way to steal eggs from a sitting hen?

gardenknitter

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
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I have a Guinea sitting on about 30 eggs. They are getting close to hatch and I am ready to bring some in for the bator. How do you go abut stealing them? At night? Is it best to take them all or leave her a few? She is in a relatively safe place, but is outdoors and I don't think the keets would have the best survival rates. Thanks for any advice!!
 

cerridwenn

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 24, 2010
91
4
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Farmington, NM
at night, wearing gloves, give her back some plastic easter eggs if you feel it's necessary. at least, that is what i've done with chickens - we never raised guineas but i don't think it would be a whole lot different.
 

1lpoock

Spruce Creek Waterfowl
10 Years
Apr 20, 2009
1,991
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171
Sandusky, Ohio
I took 10 eggs from my wood duck hen one week before hatch. I did it at night and just reached down in the nest box and started taking them. She didn't really try to bite, just hit me with her wings a little. I was done in a minute and a few minutes later she came out because she realized she didn't have anything to sit on.
 

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