The guineas were born today! They weren't due until Sunday. We expected they may be born early - every time we hatched our own (chicken) chicks they always were born one day early. And the guinea keets were even earlier.
We had 4 broody chicken hens sitting on our own guinea eggs for the past month:
Lucy, Bella, Jade and Mama Charlotte. We found the eggs out in the woods and collected them.
We also had 2 backup hens, Charlotte II and Ethel, who were broody and were sitting on plastic eggs for the past 2 weeks. They were on the stand-by adoption list just in case we needed them.
The birthing process was ALL drama this time. Right now I don't have time to go into it in detail, but I'll tell you that Lucy was kicked out of the keet nursery and was put on plastic eggs, one keet was pecked almost to death by Lucy right after it was born, Bella was given the injured keet, Charlotte II was quickly pulled in to assist (sit) as another birth was happening under Lucy and after Lucy tried to kill it, too.
Bella and Mama Charlotte are both excellent mamas.
And poor Jade, no babies hatched under her. Jade has 4 guinea eggs and 2 big white leghorn chicken eggs (which were given to us by a friend). We don't think Jade's guinea eggs are viable, but we think the leghorn chickens will hatch, they just aren't early like the keets. They are due on Sunday, just like the keets.
We have 4 dark guinea keets, which may be from our Girl Guinea who recently died/disappeared. And 1 all white keet, who must have been fathered by our one and only all white male guinea. We are not sure that Charlotte II has accepted her only baby keet yet, but she hasn't tried to kill it. Hopefully the poor keet lives until tomorrow. And hopefully the one that was bloodied by Lucy lives. It was severely injured before we could get it away from the confused Lucy and give it to Bella.
This is all much more dramatic than the hatching of chickens last year!
Right now we have 12 keets, and more eggs under the hens could hatch tomorrow.