Will they lay in the chicken nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by cackler, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. cackler

    cackler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 6 guineas that were born in July. When they start laying, will they lay in the chickens' nesting boxes?? I'm sure hoping so! [​IMG]
     
  2. Kennyog

    Kennyog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes,they will use them the same as a chicken would.
     
  3. cackler

    cackler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wonderful. I've heard that they lay by fence posts and then sit and it's a mess. I'm looking forward to them laying but just wondering if I'll even have a clue when they start. This will make it MUCH easier if they're with the other girls!
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe. Sometimes they won't even lay in the chicken coop. Sometimes they won't even go in a chicken coop without repeated effort. The breeder I got mine from just pens up whoever he wants eggs from because otherwise he'd have to hunt the yard for their nests and he also has his with chickens. Even when penned up with nest boxes they often plop eggs down randomly or at best gather them in to a groove dug in the shavings or dirt floor of the building.
     
  5. cackler

    cackler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since ours were hatched under one of our broody chickens and I think they think that they are chickens [​IMG] they have come in the coop every night except for one or two. I'm hoping that since they think they are chickens they'll lay in the nesting boxes - but I will start paying attention to the floor as well. When should they start? The chickens haven't really slowed down during the winter time but I'm thinking guineas don't lay until Spring? Is that correct?
     
  6. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were raised by a little bantam hen. I hope they wil lay in the coop too.

    My chickens prefer elevated nest boxes, but Guineas are ground nesters, so I have leaned a piece of plywood against the inside wall of the coop giving them a nice dark secret nest spot. [​IMG]
     
  7. cackler

    cackler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine's chickens lay in a bucket of grain that's on the floor of her coop rather than in the nesting boxes. Maybe something along those lines would work for the guineas - such as a bucket with straw in it or something. Maybe I'll give that a shot, too.
     
  8. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine hid all their eggs, even with the chickens showing them where to lay. They were pretty much raised by a barred rock hen.
     
  9. cackler

    cackler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When can I expect to start seeing them lay? They were born 7/1.
     

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