Would a broody hen raise guinea chicks?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by fledgling, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. fledgling

    fledgling Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Keystone Heights, FL
    Hi there!

    I am just wondering in case I find a guinea nest after mine are free ranging on the farm. I have some Orpington and Barred Rocks hens in a nice laying suite in the coop and I intend to let them raise chicks periodically. Could I sneak guinea eggs under a broody hen? Would it work?
  2. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    They sure will. Hens make much better momma's that guineas do
  3. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Pearl River,Louisiana
    Yes! My neighbor a long time bird man always kept silkies/cochins just for their:thumbsup broodieness. These lil birds raised peacocks. Let her go for it. Good luck
  4. Debbienmousey

    Debbienmousey Songster

    Yes, hens can't count (Days anyway) so they'll never know they're hatching keets instead of chicks. We had a R.I.R. which hatched 2 keets on the 11th. She's doing a great job mothering them, and I believe they understand her well. (Chicken-guinea communication, lol)

    But if you want the hen to hatch both chicks and keets (I've never done this but I assume it's just as easy) you'll need to start the guinea eggs 4-7 days earlier then the chicken eggs. (Technically 7 days earlier, but the keets from our last two incubator hatches have started pipping on their 25th day, and so did the keets under our R.I.R.)

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