Friday, October 10, 2008

Broody guinea

A few weeks ago, I noticed a nest in the brush by the chicken coop. There were 12 eggs in it. I figured out it was guinea eggs. They are smaller than chicken eggs and have small specks on them. Here is a picture I took then.

The last time I moved their eggs, they moved the nest somewhere else. Since I didn't want to have to hunt their nest, I left this one alone. Then one night while we were putting the chickens up at night we saw a guinea on it. I didn't realize a guinea would go broody in the fall. Of course, I don't know too much about them since this is the first year I have had them.

Since then I have looked when she was off the nest and there were 16 eggs. A few days ago I checked again and there were only 15. Does anyone have any idea what could have happened to the other egg? I really hope they'll hatch. Since I already lost 6 guineas, I would love to have some more.


Lisa said...

Cute pictures Nancy!!

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Sadge said...

Missus Guinea brought us a single keet in late October four years ago. We hand-raised the baby in the house that winter in a dog crate. That's now our little Tweedit, and she'll still come up and sit on my knee and eat out of my hand. She's since hatched out clutches of her own the past three years, bringing them to me once most of the eggs have hatched.

Val said...

Oh this is so cute. I just found your blog and just love it.