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I have had a lady ask me to hatch some eggs for her, i have never done this before so all and any info would be great! Im a bit excited! :?

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Main thing to remember is that they take 28 days to hatch instead of 21.

Apart from that I think they like exactly the same conditions as chicken eggs, but best to wait for confirmation from an incubation specialist before proceeding... :oops:

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Yep, same as chickens but a week longer. They are tough little buggers so are up and running quickly once hatched so you need to be careful they don't jump out of the bator when you open the door.

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Thanks guys, i have hatched a fair few chickens so just wanted to make sure they were needing the same things. I will be mixing them with chicken eggs so i will make sure they get the extra week they need. Thanks again...Jay.

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Hi, I hope someone will see this here, as I am new.
I have been incubating some guinea fowel eggs I got off a lady up the road- the incubator is an old one, and the light bulbs blew out and I didn't pick up on it for about 12hrs, then I had to get to town to get some replacement bulbs. The inside incubator temp got no lower than 22oC, will this upset the eggs, they are 16 days along now and now have incubator back to ideal conditions as I replaced the bulbs??
Also......if anyone can give any advice- I am about to get some 2 week old guinea fowels off the same lady as she wants to use the brooding hen for something elce. It is quiet hot where I live at present, sth west NSW, If I have them under shelter without a lamp will they be ok or would you suggest I do something different.
I already have 2 guinea fowels, but i got them when they were about 6 week old and didn't have to worry about any of this stuff...........any advice appreciated!!.....:)


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Hi, rednut and welcome to BYP.

I would keep going with the incubation, not from my own experience but because others on this site have often succeeded in similar situations, albeit with a reduced hatch rate.

If you can candle the eggs, you may be able to check which ones are developing. There is information about how to do that here:

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As for the two-week-old keets (chicks), they are very small and so they lose heat quickly. If you don't want to keep a lamp switched on to warm them, you could try making a "cold brooder box" like this (I only discovered the link just now):

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Hope this helps and good luck with the hatch! :wink:

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Thanks so much for the help and advice!! The cold brooder box looks like a good idea!
have a great xmas! :-)


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Yeah keep them going as KREYZI said to do, I have heard heaps of stories that the eggs still survive.....
As for the hatching time, Myself & demoniaque have been timeing our eggs, they hatch between 21 & 28 days, and everything in between.
Good luck guys with the mental ones you life wont be the same again. :lol: :lol:
Oh yep, in the first week, make sure the keets dont get a chill & watch out for splayed legs, ( keep the keets on straw, nothing slippery) & start them off on turkey starter, & you wont have any dramas.


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Why are they more inclined to get splayed legs? I will be raising mine in a normal brooder box, with the non slip matting for the first 3 days, will that be ok? Also i dont have access to turkey starter, will chick starter do or is it lacking in something for them? Not as much protine? Do they jump much? i am worried they wont get much time in my brooder box before they jump out, my chicks can spend 3 weeks in there before they can jump over the edge but im guessing the guinea fowl will jump it alot earlier! sorry about all the questions, as i said i am verry new to this breed! :)

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I got the keets today, but before I did, I made a cold brooder box. They seem to be quiet happy. It is really warm here so I don't think there will be any problems. Thanks again Kreyziy for the suggestions.

I still have the eggs going in the incubator so here is hoping!! They are due 6th Jan. If they come out I will have a mighty lot of guinea fowel. I will keep you posted on this tread to let everyone know the outcome.

The two adult Guinea fowel I already have, have been snooping around the enclosure I have the keets in- they seem to be really knowing birds. How will the older two guinea fowels react to the younger ones when they get big enough to let out??

I hope everyone has a fantastic christmas! :D


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jayborox wrote:
Do they jump much? i am worried they wont get much time in my brooder box before they jump out, my chicks can spend 3 weeks in there before they can jump over the edge but im guessing the guinea fowl will jump it alot earlier! sorry about all the questions, as i said i am verry new to this breed! :)


The keets will be smaller than ordinary chicks because of the smaller egg size. Three weeks sounds about right for keets to start jumping - mine started flying/fluttering after about 5 weeks.

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I still have the eggs going in the incubator so here is hoping!! They are due 6th Jan. If they come out I will have a mighty lot of guinea fowel. I will keep you posted on this tread to let everyone know the outcome.


My hens hatched 24 chicks out of about 36 eggs so don't be disappointed if they don't all hatch. That 24 also quickly dwindled to twelve - I think that's just natural attrition - some are too weak and only just make it out of the egg, then there are extremes of heat and cold, etc. The twelve that are left are growing well under their mum's watchful eye.

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The two adult Guinea fowel I already have, have been snooping around the enclosure I have the keets in- they seem to be really knowing birds. How will the older two guinea fowels react to the younger ones when they get big enough to let out??


I had a similar situation with two adults I had already and eight keets I bought later. The adults took to the keets like their own (if there had been more adults the story might have been different, but I don't think these were intimidated by the newcomers :wink: ) and fretted when the young keets got outside the pen through the large wire. Again, though, I ended up with only four out of the eight in the end, but they are good strong birds.

Good luck and have a happy yuletide!

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