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What to do now? Had 5 baby chicks hatch from 8 guinnea (supposedly) eggs we put under 2 hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MeTxLady, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. MeTxLady

    MeTxLady Out Of The Brooder

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    I purchased 8 guinnea eggs 3 weeks ago and put 4 each under my two broody hens. We came home today and had 5 baby chicks hatched out. The moma usually only stays on the nest about 2 days after all the chicks have hatched out so if there are ANY actual guinnea eggs that are supposed to hatch next weekend they will die. [​IMG] I am wondering if I can move all the chicks to one of the hens and put the unhatched eggs under the other. Not sure how the hens will react to this since they each have babies. One has 3 and one has 2 hatched. My husband told me when I got the eggs that they didn't look like guinnea eggs but the lady said they were. He thinks one might actually be a guinnea egg. What to do??? We do not have an incubator.
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can give all the chicks to one hen and all the eggs to the other; usually a hen will keep brooding eggs after chicks are taken from her. I'm quite sure there are pictures of guinea eggs online; while the shell color varies, they have a different shape than chicken eggs.
     
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  3. MeTxLady

    MeTxLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I will try that tonight. I did get in touch with the lady I bought them from and she made an honest mistake not knowing the difference. She had some guineas hatch two days ago that she thought would be chicks. She has offered for me to keep the chicks and she will give me the guinea chicks. She has four now and will hatch out more on Monday. I appreciate your feedback - love this site!
     

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