The Guinea Fowl Eggs
- Before incubation guinea fowl eggs can be stored for up to 7 days.
- Store guinea fowl eggs with the pointed end facing downwards.
- When storing guinea fowl eggs before incubating, make sure that they are kept at a constant temperature of 18-20 degrees Celsius or 64.5-68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Make sure the stored guinea fowl eggs are turned daily before they are incubated.
- Before incubating the guinea fowl eggs make sure that the incubator is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- Place the incubator in a room with a constant temperature.
- The incubator should be placed on a flat surface.
- Make sure that the incubator is placed away from drafts.
- The incubator should not be placed in direct sunlight.
- Fill the water trough as directed by the incubator’s instructions.
- Always check that the incubator is in working order before adding the guinea fowl eggs.
- Allow the incubator to warm up and adjust to the correct temperature before adding the guinea fowl eggs.
Guinea Fowl Eggs Incubation Facts
- The incubation period for a guinea fowl egg to hatch is 28 days.
- The length of the incubation period can vary between 26 and 30 days, if the temperature or humidity is incorrect in the incubator.
- The correct temperature in the incubator is 37.5 degrees Celsius or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, decreasing to 36.5 degrees Celsius or 98.5 degrees Fahrenheit during the final three days of incubation.
- The correct humidity is 65% until day 25 and then rising to 80% until day 28.
- Humidity is generated by the addition of water in the water troughs at the bottom of the incubator.
- Ensure that the water troughs are filled with water at all times.
- The guinea fowl eggs need to be turned daily and this can either be done by hand, or alternatively by an automatic egg turner.
- An automatic egg turner is placed in the incubator and will turn the eggs every 4 hours.
- The final day of guinea fowl rotation is day 25 when the eggs no longer need to be turned.
- When egg turning stops, the automatic egg timer can be removed.
- A day or two before the scheduled hatching of the guinea fowl eggs, add clean water to all the troughs to raise the humidity.
- Keep a daily record of incubator data.
Guinea Fowl Eggs Hatching
- When the guinea fowl eggs start to pip allow 24 hours for the hatch to complete.
- Most guinea fowl eggs will hatch within the incubation period, but sometimes weaker guinea fowl chicks (keets) may hatch a day or two later.
- Only remove the keets when they are dry.
- Move the keets to a brooder with water and chick crumbs as soon as possible.
- Discard any unhatched guinea fowl eggs after four days of the main hatch.
- Remember to thoroughly clean and disinfect the incubator after each set of eggs have hatched.
If you are interested in incubating and hatching guinea fowl eggs then you may find the Incubating, Hatching and Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook useful.
If you keep guinea fowl and want to ask a question, get some advice or just to chat about your guinea fowl then why not join the free farmingfriends guinea fowl forum.
(Post originally written 3rd April 2007 – updated February 2017)