Way way back on July 1st we placed 72 guinea eggs into the incubator. We found two nests in the hay field. The birds were very upset with us. We had to remove the eggs. Guineas don't make the best parents. They love to set on eggs but will walk off and leave the newly hatched young. It's like they just don't have a long enough attention span to remember they are parents. Heck these birds will watch a car run them over even though they can fly. They really keep the ticks and bugs down and are wonderful watch dogs.
Yesterday morning we heard a cheeping coming from the incubator. We didn't know when they would hatch because we didn't know when the eggs were actually laid. Guinea eggs take 28 days to hatch per the internet. Well this is what we found when we opened the door. We had taken the eggs and placed them in the bottom hatching drawer so they wouldn't tumble down and get hurt once they started hatching.
They spent the last 24 hours hatching. So this morning we gathered the 18 little keets up into a container.
Then took them out to the barn and into a nice warm (100 degree) brooder.
They look so small in the big brooder. It looks like we have a few pearl and the rest regular.
At least they will have plenty of room to run around.
I just looked a few minutes ago and there are more keets hatched. I put an add on Craigs List and Uncle Henry's. Hopefully we will be able to sell some of these little darlings. If not we will have a noisy farm. A very, very noisy farm. Ted said that we will get a fine for the noise. Thanks for the incubator Mom. I think we will send a few guinea keets to her in Florida. I bet her neighbors would complain a bit.
Our prayers go out to all of you in the "heat dome". We were up to 100 degrees for a couple of days and thought we wouldn't make it. Today our high is in the upper 70's. More like Maine weather should be. Stay safe and remember to hydrate!
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.