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Sandy’s Guinea Fowl Start To Lay Eggs Across The Pond Too

My farmingfriend, Sandy from across the pond, has been emailing me about her guinea fowl and it is interesting that my guinea fowl in the UK have just started to lay at a day or two after Sandy’s.

I have one male for sure now, as the mating season obviously has begun!!! I believe the two outcasts are female and they all came from one box at the farm supply store. No way for me to know if they hatched on the same day. Three females for sure.

Today I went out looking for nests. I feel sure it’s about time for the guinea hens to find one. I do know that if I don’t find them….the creatures of the woods will. As mentioned before we have raccoons, fox, coyote, skunk, armadillo, possum, cats, and although I personally have not seen one, bears have been seen here. I would really like to get the eggs and place them in the hens nest in hopes one of them will decide to hatch them.

Sandy's First Guinea Fowl Egg

Sandy's First Guinea Fowl Egg

It’s March 23 and found a nest. Yes, they are breaking up into smaller groups. One little guinea hen was missing when I threw bread out. Five came running at different intervals. Rarely at the same time anymore. Gathered the other hen eggs and went hunting. I walked right past her. About 20 foot past and she made a different noise. Turned around and walked on rocks to keep from stepping on her or her nest. Under a pine limb, (no protection what so ever) here she’d made an indention in the ground and was nesting. I will give her time to see if she’s just laying or if she thinks it’s time to be a mom. I hate to hurt her feelings, but without a doubt, she will not make it there. If there are eggs, how long do they survive until a hen decides to sit and hatch? Do they go bad after a few days, a week??? It’s been so long I can’t remember. My husband had to strap down the lid to keep the raccoons out of their food, as I told you earlier. He found the lid curled up on one side where the coons have pried it up to get at the food. It’s metal! YOU see why I don’t think that little guinea hen will be able to stop them if they want her eggs. She blended nicely with the pine cones. I am impressed with her ability to hide. Over the weekend a friend and my husband found a little newly hatched snake. The friend, much to my dismay, stomped it. It was done for, so brought it home to the guinea six. They all gathered around and looked at it, talked about it and walked off. I threw it into the hen coup and I really don’t think it hit the ground. Snake tar tare!!! Now I know who my snake hunters will be. Also while in Texas the hens dispatched baby rats too. I think they will do fine up here on Backbone Mountain.I have determined two of the six are boys. They both hitch their wings up, tip toe and dance sideways. You could put the moves to music easily. We are expecting rough weather tomorrow, tornadoes possible, heavy rains. My husband mentioned putting a cover over her. It would much easier to move the eggs, if they exist, to the hen house. As I said will go check on her in a little while and see if she’s just pretending or really nesting. Okay, my first egg!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t think she’s quite ready to nest with only one egg. I did move it to the hens nesting area in hopes…someone will decide to sit. Hope you have a good nights sleep as it is that time for you and that Tues. proves to be a good day. As always, anxious to hear from you. Will go to your web site and see what’s new.

Shalom Y’all

Sandy

I love Sandy’s description of the the dancing male guinea fowl. Sandy has inspired me to video the guinea fowl and then add some music to it – watch out for the results. If you have guinea fowl and want to share your stories about your guinea fowl then please leave a comment.

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7 Responses to “Sandy’s Guinea Fowl Start To Lay Eggs Across The Pond Too”

  1. Bboosa says:

    Am rearing chicken using the deep litter sytem, there now 4 and half months when should expect them to start laying and what can do to make them produce quality eggs?

  2. Jerry says:

    At what age does Guinea hens start laying, I have 5 hens & 1 male, I’ve been watching them & waiting for them to start laying but no eggs yet unless they are laying some where else maybe in the long grass some where.

  3. phyllis says:

    Hi Paul & Sara -
    We’ve been out of town for a week so have just now been able to read your replies. I did get your email with my password Sara & was able to log onto the website. Thanks so much. Unfortunately, our peacock escaped while we were out of town & we lost it & one of the guineas to either local dogs or wildlife so I won’t have any pea fowl eggs to share. Its very sad to see our peahen without her mate but at least she does have the 13 remaining guineas for company. My daughter placed several guinea eggs & two peacock eggs under one of her broody chickens & I now have 5 peacock eggs & 3 dozen guinea eggs in my incubator. Hopefully we’ll have some success in hatching some babies – we should know by the last week in April if we’ve been successful. This is my first try so keep your fingers crossed.
    Thanks for your help – Phyllis

  4. sara says:

    Hi Paul, Thanks for your comment to Phyllis,

    I have emailed her and asked if I can pass her email on to you. Can I send her you email address and then you can contact her about the eggs.

    kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  5. sara says:

    Hi Phyllis,
    Thank you for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment. I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply but I have had two sows farrow over 30 piglets and then one sow got mastitis and I have been hand feeding some of the piglets every 2-4 hours for a week now so have hardly had any spare time.
    What a lovely gift of guinea fowl and peacocks. You can store eggs for about 7-10 days before you incubate them. Also I would try to encourage the guinea fowl and peacocks to sit by leaving some of the eggs in a place where they lay and that you are able to make secure for them once they are sitting so that predators don’t get them. I would mark the couple of eggs that you leave to encourage them to sit so that you know which they are if it takes them a long time to sit. Or you could try some pot eggs.
    I have sent you a password but the email has returned so I am resending it with my personal email address in the hope that you get it.
    I look forward to seeing you on the forum.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  6. Paul says:

    Hi Phyllis

    Your Guinea Fowl and Pea Fowl sound wonderful.
    Yes it is a shame to let the eggs go to waste. I would be interested in purchasing some from you, once I have room in the incubator, which should be in 2 weeks. I am especially keen to hatch some pea fowl. They are such wonderful birds.
    Let me know.

    Regards
    Paul

  7. phyllis says:

    Hi – I have 14 guineas and a pair of peacocks which were gifts from my daughter to my husband and me last May and June for mother’s and father’s day. I’ve collected about 4 dozen guinea eggs and 4 peacock eggs in the past 7 or 8 days. I’m incubating 3 dozen guinea eggs and the 4 peacock eggs but have no more room in the incubator. Unfortunately none of the guineas or the peahen seem to have any interest in sitting on the remaining eggs and I expect they will continue to lay. I’ve tried twice to join the farming friends forum but so far have not received a password. I’d really like to join and reap the benefits of the experience of your group. Any help would be appreciated. I hate to let the peacock eggs go to waste especially.