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Breeding Guinea Fowl

Breeding guinea fowl does not have to be difficult.

Cottage Smallholder asked in a comment, “Are guinea fowl difficult to breed?”

I personally do not think that guinea fowl are difficult to breed.

  • In a small flock the males do tend to be monogamous and like to have just one partner to pair up with.
  • Although guinea fowl tend to pair off, it is possible to breed 3 or 4 guinea fowl hens with one male.
  • On commercial farms one male can be placed with a larger number of guinea fowl hens.
  • If you are incubating the eggs for breeding then sometimes the keets find it difficult to hatch out as the egg shells are so hard which means that the temperature and humidity in the incubator must be controlled accurately.
  • If the guinea hens are free range and sit on their eggs then one thing to remember is that guinea hens like to nest in thick nettle or bramble growth and the nest can sometimes be hard to find and so there is a risk of predators taking the hen and the eggs or chicks.

I have been breeding on a smallscale for the last three years and my hatching rate is improving in my small incubator. I thoroughly enjoy keeping, rearing and breeding my guinea fowl and would recommend it to anyone thinking of keeping guinea fowl who have the right environment to keep them.

If you keep guinea fowl and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your guinea fowl then why not join the free farmingfriends guinea fowl forum.

Front Cover Of Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets An eBook

If you fancy having a go at incubating, hatching and raising guinea fowl keets then check out my Incubating, Hatching & Raising guinea Fowl Keets eBook and if you are in the UK then I also have guinea fowl eggs for hatching for sale (UK Spring and Summer months).


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4 Responses to “Breeding Guinea Fowl”

  1. sara says:

    Hi Oscar,
    Thanks for your question. The breeding season for guinea fowl in the UK is generally from April til September. Last season I saw a few of my males mount the hens, but you don’t see it very often so I wouldn’t know if they continue to mate out of the breeding season.
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  2. Oscar says:

    Umm hi i would like to kno how often do guinea fowl breed…i mean is there like a certain season that they breed or if they’re like chickens and just breed whenever????

  3. sara says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment. I would imagine that the guinea hen’s eggs are fertile with 3 male guineas vying for her attention!
    Last season I saw a few of my males mount the hens, but you don’t see it very often. I often see the males chasing the females and pulling at the guinea hens feathers. Or you may see that the hens feathers look abit pulled at.
    One sure way to know is by hatching out some eggs. You could do this by incubating the eggs from about 2 weeks into the laying season or you could encourage the guinea hen to sit or get a broody hen to sit on the eggs which I know is posiible as I have sold guinea fowl hatching eggs and bantams and silkies have hatched the eggs successful and been good mothers to the keets afterwards. Hope this helps.
    Just to let you know that I recently set up a free forum with a section on guinea fowl that you may find interesting. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=6
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  4. Michelle says:

    Perhaps a silly question, but how do I know if the guineas have mated? I always see my chickens mating, but I never see the guineas. I have 3 male guineas, 1 female, and now she’s laying.
    Should I assume the eggs are fertilized?