Ways To Hatch Guinea Fowl Eggs

There are 3 ways to hatch guinea fowl eggs:

1) In an incubator.
2) Under a guinea fowl hen.
3) With a broody bantam hen.

I was reminded of this the other day when I had an email from anne saying that she was going to try all three methods.

Here are some things to consider.

With the eggs in the incubator watch the humidity levels as the egg shells are so hard that it makes it difficult for the guinea fowl to break through.

With the nesting guinea hen it’s making sure she sits in a place safe from predators and is not disturbed as guinea fowl can abandon nests.

With a broody bantam I know that this method produces good results as some friends have had guinea fowl eggs from me and their bantams and silkies have sat on the eggs, hatched them and raised the guinea fowl being excellent mothers to the keets. Once the hen has gone broody you can slip the guinea fowl eggs into her nest for her to sit on and hatch.

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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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Broody Guinea Fowl

My guinea fowl are currently laying eggs in a nest close to the house which is great for me when I want to collect the eggs. I have left an old egg in the nest so that it encourages the guinea hens to continue to lay. At certain times through the day there might be four guinea fowl sitting on the nest waiting to lay their eggs, with another couple of guinea fowl hens waiting near by to go to the nest when it is free.

Broody Guinea Fowl Hens Sitting On Nest Of Guinea Fowl Eggs

Broody Guinea Fowl Hens Sitting On Nest Of Guinea Fowl Eggs

The guinea hens make a high pitched cry when they lay their egg, which suggests to me that it hurts them when they lay their egg, although I’m not surprised as the shell of a guinea fowl egg is very hard.

The male guinea fowl sit around close to the nest or stand guard nearby and call out if a human dares to go anywhere near them!

At night when I round up the guinea fowl to go into their hut, I have found two guinea fowl sitting on the nest who are obviously broody and do not want to come off the nest.

As the nest site isn’t a place that can be covered over to keep the guinea fowl hens safe, I have to disturbed the guinea hens, which they do not like. They will hiss and peak aggressively at anything that goes near them, but eventually they come off their nest but they don’t like it and signify this by calling out their warning call.

I would love to get some of my guinea fowl hens to sit on their eggs and to hatch them off but I am not willing to do this at the risk of losing my guinea fowl females and when I have managed to put a run over them in the past they always end up getting off the eggs within an hour of me putting the run there.

Have you had any luck getting your guinea fowl hens to sit and hatch some of their eggs?

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.

If you fancy having ago 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.

Broody Guinea Fowl

Recently three of my guinea fowl hens have gone broody.

Broody Guinea Fowl Sitting On Nest Of Guinea Fowl Eggs

Broody Guinea Fowl Sitting On Nest Of Guinea Fowl Eggs

In the four years I have been keeping and raising guinea fowl I have never seen a guinea hen go broody and then this Spring 3 of the guinea fowl have gone broody.

It has been interesting to observe that the guinea fowl hens don’t wait till there is a large clutch of eggs they are happy to sit on just 3 or 4 eggs. Unfortunately most of the time the guinea fowl have been sitting on pot eggs which I place in the guinea fowl nests to encourage the hens to continue to lay there. Guinea fowl like to lay their eggs on the ground in the undergrowth and it can sometimes be difficult to find their nests, so once you have found them, it is important to encourage them to lay their for as long as possible.

I was hoping to get some of my guinea fowl hens to sit on their eggs this year as it is difficult to get a good hatch rate when guinea fowl eggs are in the incubator (well at least that is the case for me!) Unfortunately the guinea hens have chosen unsuitable sites that would have left them vulnerable to predators and I won’t let a fox come and take my guinea fowl if I can help it, especially not for the sake of 2 pot eggs and one guinea egg! The 3 guineas have gone broody at the base of a tree which made trying to put the run over her very difficult, another in a neighbour’s field 9I don’t think they would have appreciated cutting the grass around my guinea run!) and one in the middle of a wood pile (where no run would fit over it!).

It has been interesting trying to move the guinea fowl. They are not easily scared away from the nest and if you try to move them with a stick or your foot, it is soon attacked by a hissing guinea fowl beak! Once I managed to move the guinea fowl, they don’t immediately start running off. As I have observed them, I have noticed that they are in a trance like state and soon return to the nest or settle near it with their wings stretched out to cover the eggs. Even when I have managed to move the guinea fowl away from the nest she will sometimes try to run back to it until she comes out of the trance like state. The guinea fowl that sat in the neighbours field kept me fit one night running out of the field and around our yeard and then back to the field. By the time I come in after putting the guinea fowl safely in their hut at night, I am shattered!

I will continue to try to find a broody guinea fowl that has positioned herself on a nest that can have a run placed over her for protection, but in the meantime I have an incubator full of guinea fowl eggs.

Do you have any funny stories relating to broody guinea fowl or broody hens?

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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