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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:55 am 
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I have 12 guinea fowl eggs in my incubator and I'm expecting them to hatch in a few days. I also have a bantam wyandotte hen who has gone broody in the last 24 hours. I'm wondering is it possible to put my guinea fowl eggs under her now even though they only have a few days to go. Would she know she hasn't sat there long enough?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:43 pm 
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If she’s proven herself to be a dedicated and hard to shift sitter in the past (even if she’s never had chicks) and you’re sure she’s broody now then it’d probably be safe to put the eggs under her. She won’t think about the fact that it hasn’t been the usual 21 days :)

If she’s a first time broody who is unproven at sitting I wouldn’t risk it though.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:48 pm 
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I wouldn't give her more than three of them. If she accepts the keets she hatches it's a win, and you can put the rest of them under her at night once they hatch. But if she takes a tantrum and gets violent with the three after they hatch - back to the incubator with the others. Least risk and gives you two bob each way.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:54 pm 
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Very good suggestion, Possumcorner.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:26 pm 
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Many thanks for your suggestions. I have decided not to risk it. It's first time broody for my bantam and I don't have a lot of confidence she will make a good mum.


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