When I sent the six guinea fowl eggs to The Cottage Smallholder I did not know;
- if Mrs Boss, the broody hen, would sit on the eggs,
- if the eggs were fertile or
- if the eggs would hatch successfully.
In all 3 instances we had success;
- Mrs Boss sat on the eggs for 28 days,
- 5 of the 6 eggs were fertile and
- 5 keets hatched out successfully and are still alive and doing well.
Mrs Boss incubated 6 eggs in total which had been stored for up to 7 days. The incubation results are as follows:
- 5 keets hatched out unaided.
- 1 egg infertile.
Results of Fertility And Hatchability
- 17% of the eggs were infertile.
- 83% of the eggs were fertile.
- 100% hatchability (number hatched / number of fertile).
- 83% of total eggs hatched out.
Click on this link for more information about calculating the percentage fertility and hatchability.
As you can see from the results above, the percentage hatchability for the Interblog Guinea Fowl Project was excellent – so well done Mrs Boss. The broody hen hatches well.
I will be taking a close look at the results of hatching my eggs via an incubator to see if they are as good. If you have any thoughts as to which form of incubation produces the best results then take part in the poll in my sidebar.