breeding   (1)

Guinea Fowl are well known for being poor parents.  When the keets hatch, the mother walks away and they are expected to follow, needless to say many donít make it and Guineas often lose up to 75% of their brood this way.  Keets are rather soft birds when hatched and will not tolerate damp, if they are on dew- covered grass they can die, so it's important to keep them dry for the first few days.

Once I have found a guinea nest, I collect the eggs every evening and leave 3 or 4 rubber eggs in the nest so that the bird keeps laying there.  The collected eggs are kept cool and turned daily.  Store the eggs pointed end down and tilt them through 45 degrees from side to side daily, not end to end.

I have 2 incubators, which I use to hatch all my guineas.  I find this method to be much safer and the results have been good.  As the incubation time is 28 days I collect eggs for 1 week and set them using half of the incubator, I continue in this way so that the incubators are full all the time & I am hatching each week.