A long while back we found a nest of guinea eggs out by the stock tank where we keep the pigs. At the time we found it, there were maybe five or six eggs in it. Each day we’d go out there, the number of eggs would increase. Normally we gather them and eat them just like we do chicken eggs, but not knowing how long they’d been there, we left them. We planned to throw them away but never got around to it.
I don’t remember how long it was, but it seemed like a couple weeks later, a guinea hen went broody and started sitting on the nest. We weren’t really too sure the eggs would hatch because most of them had been lying in that open nest for what seemed like a long time. But we left her there anyway, just in case a few would.
As time went on, she continued to sit. I even decided to take a few pictures of her sitting on the nest just in case they might hatch. Since we didn’t mark it down on the calendar when she started sitting, we lost track of how long it had been. At one point, we considered moving her off the nest and getting rid of the eggs because we felt she’d been sitting on them forever. In fact, I ended up deleting the pictures I’d taken because I didn’t think they’d hatch.
The other day, when Brooke went out to give her pigs some water, she found the nest looking like this…
At first she thought something got the guinea and had eaten the eggs. But then she took a closer look and thought the eggs looked like they’d hatched. So she looked around and found this cute little surprise…
The momma guinea was out roaming with her keets in tow. It looks like she has about eleven cute little balls of fluff following after her. Isn’t it so adorable?
Seeing that the majority of them hatched, I’m just grateful we didn’t get around to throwing them out.
Here is a short video of the keets running around. Lots of cuteness!
They’re a lot of fun to watch and we’re looking forward to watching them grow up. Have you ever had a guinea hatch out a clutch of eggs? If so, how did it work out?