Do Keets Hatched By Guinea Hen Need Warmth From A Brooder?

I have been asked by a Incubating & Hatching Guinea Fowl Keets eBook customer if keets hatched by a guinea fowl will still need to go into a brooder for warmth.

Yes, I have 3 guinea fowl. 1 girl and 2 boys. I’ve had them since they were 12 weeks and though fairly skittish, they’re pretty tame.

One question. If she does sit on her nest and manages to hatch a family, do the keets have to be brought in to the warmth or can she be allowed to go on caring for them? From everything I’ve read it seems they need warmth for the first 12 weeks.

Thanks again
Anne

Here is my response:

Hi Anne,

Delighted that you like the eBook. I know what you mean about skittish and tame at the same time. My eldest guinea fowl is about 6 years old. He is now beginning to look elderly and the other younger males are now becoming boss. Mine are free range duting the day and go into a hut at night.

If your guinea sits and hatches her eggs, she may keep the keets with her but some say that guinea fowl will abandon their nest before hatch or abandon looking after their keets.

Once you get to the stage where the eggs are hatching I would have a brooder ready with a lamp and suitable flooring and protection from predators and drafts so that the keets can go into the brooder if they are abandoned by mum. They will eat chikc crumbs and like warm water which I put marbles in the drinker so they don’t get their head in it – the ebook will go into detail about brooding keets and the suitbale flooring and temperatures etc. You are right they do need warmth for the first 12 weeks but if the guinea hen is a good mum she will give them warm.

If she does sit on her nest then she will need to be protected from predators as I have found that the guinea fowl tend to lay in hedgerows without protection however when I try to put a run over the nest they tend to get off it.

If she does sit then I would make sure she is kept separate from the males as they may become jealous of the keets.

Good luck – let me know if you do get her to sit and hatch some eggs.

Just to let you kow I have a free forum with a section on guinea fowl. they forum is popular with lots of friendly members. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/

Kind regards
Sara
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Guinea Fowl Keets Progressing Well With Pekin Bantam Foster Mums!

Just thought I would let you know that I received an email from Gary who recently bought some of my guinea fowl eggs for hatching.

He emailed a few weeks ago to let me know that the guinea fowl eggs had hatched and he had 4 keets.

Hi there farming friends, once again thanks for the Guinea fowl eggs the eggs were put under my broody bantam, and exactly 28 days after a good result 4 eggs out of the 6 hatched I am very pleased, the keets are doing well, once again many thanks.
Gary

He has just emailed through some photos.

Gary's Four Guinea Fowl Keets And Pekin Bantams

Gary's Four Guinea Fowl Keets And Pekin Bantams

Gary's Four Guinea Fowl Keets And Pekin Bantams

Gary's Four Guinea Fowl Keets And Pekin Bantams

“Hi there, it’s Gary here, my little keets are doing well and are running about the hen coop with their two bantam mums, I am enclosing a pic taken last week, they are enjoying the sun and surprised me by flying onto the perches like budgies lol, I am pleased to bits with the 2 bantams which hatched them, and I can say I am getting a lot of pleasure watching their antics, thanks for the prompt delivery of the eggs, and very pleased with the hatch, now I am sitting back enjoying them. Cheers, Gary. PS My partner was waiting for them to darken lol”

It’s always great to hear from customers who are have had a successful hatch and are enjoying their keets.

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.

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Tips If You Have Splayed Legged Chicks

I received a couple of tips if your chicks have splayed legs that I thought would be useful to share.

  • “Its my opinion from many years of hatching, that getting the splayed (spraddled) legged chick on 1/8 inch wire as soon as possible will correct most chicks with this defect. Keith”
  • “My wife has cured splayed legs in quail and chicken by tying the legs together with soft yarn. Like a pair of handcuffs a loop arond each leg just above the feet then joined in the middle. Tie the legs so they are parallel to each other.Not an easy task, but worth the effort.  We have had good results after only five days. The sooner you do this after the hatch the quicker the result. Trevor”
  • “Easiest thing to use is elastoplast. The normal finger ones with the lint in the centre are best. Just trim into thin strips and shorten a bit then apply between the hock and the feet. The centre lint is just the right length. You should only need to leave this on for a couple of days. Sallie” http://farmingfriends.com/splayed-legs-in-guinea-fowl-keets/
  • “If the method from poultryhelp.com is used to correct this problem using bandaids, rubber bands or pipe cleaners as a type of brace, the splayed legged chick should be quarantined to prevent other healthy chicks from pecking the brace. Keith”
  • “Always make sure new chicks have a non slip surface to stand on. Newspaper is too slippery. Towelling is ideal. Trevor” http://farmingfriends.com/litter-suitable-for-brooders/
  • “Splayed legs are typically caused by staying a little too long in the egg at hatching although other incubation problems can cause this to occur. Keith”

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Splayed Legs In Guinea Fowl Keets

Splayed legs are when a guinea fowl keets legs are not in line correctly but splayed out making movement and standing difficult.

Splayed legs can be the result of the newly hatched keets not being able to get a grip on the floor of the incubator or brooder and as a result the legs will spread out. It can also be caused when their is a good litter on the ground but the keet just struggles to stand due to being weak or because the feet are curled in.

If caught early the splayed legs can be cured by strapping or splinting the legs so that they come back into line. This can be done with pipe cleaners, elastic bands or probably best of all an elastaplast bandaid. A good resource to show this can be found by clicking this link http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

In future you can prevent splayed legs by making sure that the litter you are using in your brooder has good traction. I tend to use chopped up straw to start with so that the guinea fowl don’t think that it is food like they do with sawdust.

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.

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Guinea Fowl Hen Sitting On Nest Of Eggs And Hatching Keets

I recently received a comment asking about the management of guinea fowl hen sitting on her eggs and the keets that hatch out.

Hi,
We have a guinea fowl in our garden who has been sitting on her eggs for a long time now and some of them hatched this morning. We built a shelter around her from wire and she hasn’t moved from her nest. Do you think this will be ok for the keets to survive? Does she need to be able to get on and off the nest and wonder around; or do we need to leave food in the enclosure for her and her keets?
Thanks
Bob


My repsonse was:

Hi Bob,
Thanks for contacting farmingfriends and telling me about your guinea fowl. Congratulations on the hatch. Your guinea may not have moved because not all the eggs may have hatched yet and she will be waiting for the others to hatch.
Make sure that the shelter is predator proof and has an area where the keets can shelter from the elements (wind, rain or snow!) Also make sure that the wire is small enough so that the keets can’t get through the wire or rats can’t get in as rats, mink, stoats would get in and kill the keets. I would make sure that their is food and water in the enlosure. The keets will need chick crumbs and make sure that they cannot drown in the drinker, I usually add marbles or pebbles to the drinker so that the keets can still drink the water but can’t immerse their head in it.
Sitting birds may come off the nest once or twice a day to drink, eat and stretch their legs but if she is in the final stages of sitting then she may not.
Once all the eggs have hatched or the guinea fowl leaves the nest and the remaining eggs are not going to hatch the the guinea fowl should show the keets how to drink and feed although they will do this instinctively if the food and water is placed close enough to them.
I hope all the hatchlings are doing well and that the rest hatch soon. Keep me posted. Where in the world are you? I am based in Yorkshire in the UK.
Just to let you know I have a free forum with a section on guinea fowl http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=6
I have also written an eBook about incubating, hatching and raising guinea fowl keets, it mainly discusses incubating the eggs in an incubator as opposed to a guinea fowl hen sitting but also discusses raising the keets to 6/8 weeks.
http://farmingfriends.com/incubating-hatching-and-raising-guinea-fowl-keets-ebook-for-sale/
Kind regards
sara @ farmingfriends

If you have any advice for Bob about a sitting guinea fowl and then raising the keets with the guinea fowl hen then please leave a comment.

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Curled Toes On Guinea Fowl Keets

On occasions a guinea fowl keet can hatch out with toes that are curled up into a fist shape. Sometimes they may straighten out on their own in the first day or so but if they don’t  you can make a pipe cleaner shoe for the keet to wear which will help to straighten out the toes.

The pipe cleaner needs to be bent into the shape of a keets foot and then attached to the keets foot with a bandaid or elastaplast. Cut three pieces of bandaid to go over all three toes. A larger piece will be needed for the middle toe.

The temporary keet shoe can be kept on for about 8 hours. Remove the shoe and see if the foot has straightened out. If need be the shoe can be refitted to help the keet’s foot get better and allow it to stand properly.

I was recently asked what help could be given to a newly hatched keet with a curled foot.

Gill said that after wearing the keet shoe, “The curled foot is quite good, a little more turned in than the norm but he can now stand properly.”

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.

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Should You Help Hatch Out A Guinea Fowl Keet?

All the books and research says that you shouldn’t help keets out of the shell and that opening the incubator can affect the rest of the eggs hatching. I have not had to help quail hatch as they managed to all hatch at the same time and relatively easily. I have however had to help many a guinea fowl and more recently ducks out of their shell with some success.
From experience I have found that if a keet has not hatched itself within a few hours then I have found that they often die in the shell as the heat in the incubator dries up the shell and membrane which sticks to the keet and makes it difficult for the chicks or keets to hatch.

If you do decide to help the  keet out, remove the egg from the incubator quickly and cupping the egg in your hand to keep it warm carefully start to pick off the shell from where the egg has pipped as this is where the keets beak is. I have always had to work quickly although you have to be very careful that the blood vessels in the shell don’t bleed as this can kill the  keet.

When I help a  keet out I try to pick the shell off the head part first and work my way down. I never take all the shell off as the keet is attached to the shell at the base. I usually take the top off and try to make sure that the keets head, wings and body are free. It is important to make sure that the keet can move about because once it goes back in the incubator the membrane and shell dry out and can get stuck to the keet.

I then put the keet and attached shell back in the incubator and let the keet wriggle free in it’s own time.
Sometimes the guinea fowl keets have made it and sometimes they have still died.
Another thing to consider is once you have opened the incubator the temperature and humidity will be affected and this could stop other keets from hatching.
If you decide that you are going to open the incubator I would just check that you can see movement from the keet otherwise you will have affected the incubator conditions and the keet could already be dead.

If you have helped a guinea fowl keet out of it’s shell during the hatching process and have any tips then please let us know.

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.

Guinea Fowl eBook Well Written

I am always delighted to get feedback about the products I am selling at farmingfriends, so I was thrilled to see my Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook described as well written.

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“Yes, I have downloaded the e-book and have enjoyed reading your very well written and informative book.”

Jorgen

Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook will provide you with information about:

  • reasons for keeping guinea fowl,
  • ways to start rearing guinea fowl,
  • choosing and storing guinea fowl eggs,
  • incubating guinea fowl eggs and incubator settings,
  • candling the eggs,
  • hatching guinea fowl eggs,
  • the brooder and brooder hygiene,
  • feeding gunea fowl keets,
  • aliments, illnesses and diseases,
  • taming guinea fowl keets and
  • development of guinea fowl keets.

 

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Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook Praised

I was delighted to receive this lovely email praising my Incubating, Hatching and Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook;

I got it, thank you so much, this is the best information about guineas I have ever been able to obtain, I wish I could of had this last year when I first got started, I learned mostly by error but this is so full of information, I just love it. Thanks alot, I would recommend this for any one starting to raise guineas, its a must to have. debbie

It’s great to get such positive feedback, so thanks Debbie.

Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook will provide you with information about:

  • reasons for keeping guinea fowl,
  • ways to start rearing guinea fowl,
  • choosing and storing guinea fowl eggs,
  • incubating guinea fowl eggs and incubator settings,
  • candling the eggs,
  • hatching guinea fowl eggs,
  • the brooder and brooder hygiene,
  • feeding gunea fowl keets,
  • aliments, illnesses and diseases,
  • taming guinea fowl keets and
  • development of guinea fowl keets.

If you are thinking of starting to raise guinea fowl or are hatching some guinea fowl eggs then this is the eBook for you.

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Is Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook for you?

 

Yes, if you:

  • want to incubate successfully
  • want to understand common problems and learn what to do about them
  • feed growing keets correctly
  • get your guineas off to a healthy start in life

What’s  included …

  1. Introduction – Calling All Guinea Fowl Enthusiasts
  2. Deciding To Keep Guinea Fowl
  3. Reasons For Keeping Guinea Fowl – Why Keep Guinea Fowl?
  4. Ways To Start Rearing Guinea Fowl
  5. Incubating Guinea Fowl Eggs
  6. Incubator Hygiene
  7. Preparing The Incubator Before Incubating The Eggs
  8. Choosing Guinea Fowl Eggs For Incubation
  9. Storing Guinea Fowl Eggs Before Incubation
  10. Incubation Period
  11. Incubation Temperature
  12. Humidity Levels
  13. Wet Bulb Thermometer – What Is A Wet Bulb Thermometer?
  14. Final Day Of Egg Rotation
  15. Candling Eggs
  16. Hatching
  17. Reasons Why Fully Formed Keets May Not Hatch Out
  18. Reasons For Pipped Eggs But Keets Not Hatched
  19. Reasons For Eggs Hatching Late
  20. Reasons For Eggs Hatching Early
  21. Reasons For Poor Hatch Rate Or No Hatching Eggs In Incubator
  22. Calculating The Hatchability And Fertility Of Guinea Fowl Eggs
  23. Calculating Hatchability
  24. Calculating Fertility
  25. Calculating Hatch Rate
  26. Guinea Fowl Keets
  27. Keets Hatched In An Incubator
  28. The Brooder
  29. Location Of Brooder For Guinea Fowl Keets
  30. Brooder Temperature For Guinea Fowl Keets
  31. Litter Suitable For A Guinea Fowl Keet’s Brooder
  32. Drinkers For Guinea Fowl Keets
  33. Feeding Guinea Fowl Keets
  34. Brooder Hygiene
  35. Ailments, Illnesses and Diseases
  36. Guinea Fowl Keets Pasting Up
  37. Splayed Legs
  38. Coccidiosis
  39. Feather Picking And Cannibalism
  40. Taming Guinea Fowl Keets
  41. Development For Guinea Fowl Keets
  42. Raising Guinea Fowl From 6 – 8 Weeks Old

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Sara,
Here in North Carolina USA my husband and I have hatched guinea  keets with an incubator. We’ve scoured the internet for information,  and your ebook is the best quality, most comprehensive information  we have found.
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