Will a hen hatch guinea eggs??

HerringboneD28(z7 Central AR)July 17, 2007

I'm gonna put 6 guinea eggs under my broody hen and then add about 3 or 4 chicken eggs in about 7 days. Has anyone been successful at this or offer any suggestions about mixing the egg types like this? Do you think she would mother them like her own when/IF they hatch?

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cheribelle(Z5 IA)

Yes, she will, but guinea babies cannot take any wet grass, so make sure they are cooped.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 3:23PM
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bulldinkie(pa)

I had a chicken hatch duck eggs once .with success.I had to provide water for ducklings later.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 4:31PM
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marquisella(z4 NY)

Put your chicken eggs under her after 3 days, not 7.
When I hatch chicks & guineas together, the guineas only take another 3 days or so.

If you wait 7 days, the hen probably will leave the nest with the guineas before the chick eggs hatch.

M

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 8:54AM
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HerringboneD28(z7 Central AR)

Gee....are you sure? I was told 28 days for guineas and my chicks typically take 20 days. The lady who gave me the guinea eggs uses an incubator. Would that cause her's to hatch later? I'd like them to pretty much hatch about the same time of course and will do whatever is best.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 11:15AM
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HerringboneD28(z7 Central AR)

OK......I put 4 chicken eggs under her yesterday evening. Sometime between August 12th (21 days for chicken eggs) and the 15th (28 days for the guinea eggs) we will hopefully have some kind of chicks out in the broody coop!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 8:46AM
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organic_farmer_bob(8)

HAHAHA I thought the posts title was "Will a hen hatch guinea pigs"...I would have actually know that answer!!!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 7:59PM
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marquisella(z4 NY)

I use an incubator, and the guineas always hatch 3 days after the chicken eggs.

Let us know if they hatch together. I think you will be ok, because the guineas will hatch earlier so it will be around the same time as your chicks.

Another thing, the guinea keets will not understand your mother hen. It will take a few days for them to get used to each other. It is actually a little funny to watch.

M

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 9:12AM
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HerringboneD28(z7 Central AR)

Well........it didn't work out too well. All 4 chicken eggs hatched out @ days 19 to 20 (a Fri & Sat.) I had to take them to a brooder box because the momma got off the eggs to take care of them. She wasn't off more than a couple hours and it was 104 degrees at the time.

One guinea hatched out on day 28 but it was dead by the time I got home from work. It was 105 degrees and I wasn't there to show it where to get water.

On day 32 I chunked the other 5 guinea eggs into the pond and put the 4 chicks back in with broody hen. She pecked at them terribly and eventually abandoned them, so now she's back in the coop with all the others and I'm taking care of the chicks in a separate area.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 9:00AM
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Siamese(VA)

Sorry to hear it didn't work out so well :(

My neighbor uses chicken hens to hatch out guinea keets all the time. I guess the trick is to use a good sitter & just one type of egg. (guinea OR chicken)

altho sometimes it does work out with both... my hen hatched out a few chicken eggs, then exactly 1 week later she hatched out guinea keets. But I was afraid she'd leave the nest that whole week-she was off of it quite a bit. but it was so hot that week, it worked out ok. (they were in a chicken tractor so she couldn't free-range the chicks)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 4:17PM
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HerringboneD28(z7 Central AR)

I think the problem was with the guinea eggs more than anything else. The gal I got them from said her hatch rate in an incubator wasn't too good with others from the same date.

I still don't know how to keep a broody hen on her eggs after some of them hatch though. Mine seem to want to get off all the time.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 9:43AM
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kathleenhanes_ymail_com

Of coarse they will try but i have never had any luck because of the span of time between...If you do have luck make sure there in a dry coop because if they get wet its fatal...Good Luck this summer all you poultry lovers & yes im one of them...

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 3:57PM
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kathleenhanes_ymail_com

Of coarse they will try but i have never had any luck because of the span of time between...If you do have luck make sure there in a dry coop because if they get wet its fatal...Good Luck this summer all you poultry lovers & yes im one of them...

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 4:01PM
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bulldinkie(pa)

She will,I found 2 duck eggs once all other 13 were crushed.I slid them under a hen that was broody.She hatched them took care of them.Itwas funny shed go for a walk the 2 ducks stopped to swim in creek ,I put a tub of water in the run for the ducks to swim,the chicks would go in to rest for the nite ,the two ducklings were outside swimming.she didnt know what was going on,then they got to adult size,flew away.Next spring I looked down the one duck came back to visit went down went in chicken house and stayed a little then left.It was cute.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 9:59PM
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