Now that spring is soon to come to the east coast of the US (I hope), the guineas hens have started laying eggs again.
We have 9 guinea fowl:
1 Pearl Gray (Boy Guinea)
1 Royal Purple (Girl Guinea)
5 Coral Blue
The colors can be seen at the Guinea Fowl Color Chart.
|Here comes the gang!|
Look at those wattles! Look at those horns! They hold their heads high and walk with a purpose!
These guineas mean business!
|And there they go...guineas on a mission|
The female guineas have started making their nest and laying eggs in an old brush pile.
We see them sneak into the brush pile and the other guineas leave them alone and wander off without them. We see the females off by themselves a lot these days. We wondered if any females are getting broody, but so far no one has continued to sit on a nest overnight. We did lose one guinea back in late February, possibly it was a broody female who thought she could sit on a nest all night and didn't survive, but we really aren't sure.
I'm just happy that we know where the guineas' nests are located, so we can monitor them. We'd like them to have babies in the summer, but not this early, as it's too cold out now.
We cannot let the guineas see us near their nest or they will move to a different nest. Nor can we take all eggs from their nest, or they will go elsewhere.
And so I got some plastic Easter eggs that open to put candy in for kids, but instead I filled them with dirt and snapped them closed. Sorry, guineas, you don't get any Easter candy!!!
|Easter eggs filled with dirt to make them heavy|
|Guinea eggs in nest|
|Guinea nest with Easter egg|
|Taking out the new guinea eggs|
When I remove a guinea egg from the nest, I replace it with an Easter egg. So far the guineas haven't moved their nest, and they continue to lay in the same places every day.
|Three new guinea eggs in the nest today|
|Easter eggs in nest|
When the weather gets nicer and if a guinea gets broody, we will leave the eggs and maybe they will raise some keets this summer!
Has anyone had guineas that raised their own keets?