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If we’re a little MIA on the blog and around this week, this is one of the reasons. We’ve hatched some guinea hen eggs in our incubator!! We’re up to 6 so far. OMG…..they are so stinkin’ cute!!!! It’s very distracting. 😀and exciting!! #guineahens #guineafowl #hatchingeggs #hatchingguineas #hatchingguineakeets #farmlife #lovethesebirds
We’re so excited about our new additions to the farm! You may have read our recent blog post where we told about our guinea hen eggs in the incubator. Our hope was to hatch our own birds, for ourselves and/or to sell. Since it was our first time doing this, we didn’t really know exactly what we were doing or what to expect! This past Monday evening we put the incubator into “hatching mode” and thought we’d be waiting about three days for any eggs to start hatching. Wasn’t I surprised when on Wednesday morning before leaving for work, the Dadz told me we had a guinea “keet” hatched in the incubator!
My plans for that day went totally awry (and I was already way behind schedule this week), as I had to check on the incubator all day long. It was 4:30 am when I was told that, and of course I couldn’t really get back to sleep, but did doze off a bit. When I got up around 6:30 am, we had two in there! It takes a while for them to hatch, but I was able to watch and get video of one of them emerging at one point (which I hope to share). One time I left, came back an hour later, and there was another one in there! It was a fun, though busy, day.
When Dad got home from work we had to get the brooder ready to move the keets into. At the end of it, we had 6 altogether. With 22 eggs in the incubator, we were hoping for more, but we think some of the eggs were just too old when we put them in there (sadly, none of Violet’s hatched).
But we’re excited with the 6 we have, and so far they are doing well. We’ll be keeping them and adding to our own flock. Our current 5 full grown birds are doing quite well at scaring that darn fox out of our yard, and we think with even more we’ll have more protection. Our hope is that some of this 6 are females so next year we can hatch more. By the way, our lone female, Henrietta, has started another nest and is laying again! This time the nest is close to the house, so we may let her do her thing and see what happens. We talked about incubating some more, but it’s a lot of work having different age flocks in different places, so I don’t think we’ll do that (subject to changing our minds of course).
I’ve been MIA from the blog this week, and visiting my blog friends. We’ve had so much going on, and I’m behind on everything. I even missed a post this week, and I don’t like doing that! But I’ve just had to prioritize. I hope by next week I’ll be more caught up and back on a normal schedule. I’ll have more photos of the little cuties to share, and I have a bunch of guinea hen stories to tell! There’s a lot of insight into why we love these birds so much. I’ve also been working on a sponsored post for HempMy Pet which has been a big help for Luke, and I can’t wait for you to learn more about that. Hang in there with us while I catch my breath!