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Signs That Guinea Fowl Hens Will Lay Eggs

There are certain signs that show that the guinea fowl hen is about to start laying eggs.

  • Visiting the same patch of undergrowth daily.
  • Sitting in a patch of undergrowth for periods of time.
  • Digging a hole in the ground to form a nest area in the undergrowth.
  • Male guinea fowl sitting nearby waiting for the hen.

Once this behaviour is observed, you can watch and wait for the arrival of guinea fowl eggs.

It is important not to disturb the hen when she is on the nest as she may get up without laying. Make sure that the guinea fowl do not see you go near the nest site as this can put them off laying in this area. Collect the eggs when the guinea fowl are not around and try not to disturb the undergrowth as this will indicate to the guinea fowl that a predator has been in the nest area. It is also a good idea to replace the real guinea fowl eggs with a pot or plastic egg so that the guinea fowl will continue to lay in this nest, because if the eggs disappear then the guinea fowl will stop laying in this nest site and will find another area to lay which may take some time to discover.

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2 Responses to “Signs That Guinea Fowl Hens Will Lay Eggs”

  1. sara says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Glad you found the information useful. My guinea fowl generally lay after lunch from 1pm although the odd one will lay in the morning especially if they are mixing with hens and ducks as they copy behaviour.

    The males like to lay in the sun or dust bathe and also sit around and wait whilst the guinea hen is sitting and laying her eggs. The males stand guard, which is a lovely thought.

    If you have found a place where your guinea fowl hen is laying then I would keep an old egg there so that they continue to lay there otherwise if ytou are taking the eggs away they will eventually stop laying there and find another nest site.

    Hope this helps.

    Just to let you know that I have set up a free forum with a section on guinea fowl that is quite popular. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=6

    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  2. Michelle says:

    Wow! Great to know! I was wondering what was up with my female guinea. I thought she may be a “dud” b/c she kept going to sit in her nest but not laying. I’d check when she got up and found no eggs…but I disturbed the site :S

    I also have recently seen the males laying in the yard.

    She has started laying in the evening (I thought they laid before 3 pm generally) of the chicken tractor where they roost. As long as the chickens don’t follow suit, I’m good with this location. Now I hope she will actually go broody at some point. It would be fun to have some keets :)