Will my guineas recognize keets hatched by hen

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by melroseladi, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. melroseladi

    melroseladi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Melrose, Florida
    My two silkies are setting on 7 guinea eggs with about another 10 days to hatching. Will my guineas recognize that they are keets and not chicks. I am wondering because this morning when my silkies went out for their morning break one of my guinea hens went into the nesting box and was moving the eggs around. She was acting confused about the eggs but acting as if she recognized them as guinea eggs. I am not sure if my guinea was going to set on the eggs or not so I shooed her out of the nest.
  2. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    Guineas won't recognize Guinea eggs from chicken. As a matter of fact, if you disturb their nest in any noticeable way (too much), a Guinea will abandon it.

    My Guineas accept the keets hatched by hens gradually / eventually. Some are better than others. I've noticed when I handle the keets and they scream, the Guineas come runnin to scold me for making them holler.

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