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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