Watching our own little guinea hen “keets” hatch was such a fun experience, we wanted to share! I took a few videos in a row while watching the #5 (out of 6 total) egg hatch. It can take a while from the time you first see an egg moving, so I paused at times when not much was going on and tried to continue when more progress was made. When this video starts, the egg we’re watching has already “pipped”, which means the keet has cracked a hole in it from within. It seems to be a difficult process for them (and it’s no wonder, the shells on guinea eggs are very hard), so lots of rest time is needed in-between each try to get out!
The video is still, however, almost 6 minutes long, so you can skip towards the end if you want (the real action happens about 5 minutes in). One of the fun things about watching the full video is not just the egg itself hatching, but the chirping and antics of the first 4 that were born while that’s going on! Also, at about 2 minutes in you can hear our full-grown guinea hens outside making a racket (that includes the mama and papa to these guys)! We can only imagine how noisy it’s going to be when there are 11 of them at it!
Have you ever watched an egg hatch – isn’t it fascinating?
Bell Fur Zoo says
Awe they are so cute!
Bell Fur Zoo Mama
They’re getting bigger, but are still adorable!!
Sand spring Chesapeakes says
I have watched chicks hatch before and it’s such a great experience. I once took hatching chicks to a class room and let the kids watch them hatch. It was a hit.
Oh, what a great thing to do!! I can imagine how much the kids must have loved it. In fact, you’ve made me realize I need to send this video to my grandsons.
Lynn LaChance says
Just fabulous!!! Kept rooting for the little guy(?) To come out, couldn’t look away! I was wondering about the ones coming over, you are probably right. It is just So amazing to see how much work it is for them, and how soon they are making SO much noise And having fun It looks like! They are too adorable, and that was marvelous
They did move around more than I expected. But once we got them into the brooder and under the heater, they were pretty zonked out!!
Wow, that was miraculous! That was the first time that I ever saw an egg hatch. It was really funny how the other chick started pecking at the new one as it finished hatching. It was kind of like a little kid poking another kid to tell them to hurry up!
Thanks so much for videoing that!
It was my first time seeing it too! It was really funny how the other chicks seemed to know when another one was coming out too.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
The hatching process is amazing. They’re determined to get through the shell membrane, and the shell, and into the world!
It’s so cool how they instinctively know what to do.
Ellen Pilch says
That is amazing! Thank you for sharing. I loved seing it rock back and forth and then crack open.
You are very welcome, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
I love this video. It’s just so amazing that they instinctively know how to do this. Also, how animated they are from the start! I have watched videos of chicks hatching but have never witnessed it in real life!
It is amazing, isn’t it? It was just so cute how they came right up to the glass to see us, especially since now they run away from us in terror when we get near them! LOL
Pretty cool! You may need to invest in ear plugs!
You might be right about that!! 🙂
M. K. Clinton says
That is so incredibly cool! What a miracle that you helped make happen.
I’m so glad we decided to try it!!
The Island Cats says
Wow! That was amazing! We’ve never seen an egg hatch so thanks for sharing with us.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!
Shadow's and Ducky's Mom says
Awww, how sweet is that!! I’ve never watched an egg hatch either, so this was seriously cool. Welcome to our world, little ones!!
I think that’s exactly what I said to them when they came out! 🙂
They’re adorable! It’s lovely to see.
Monika & Sam 🐾 says
INCREDIBLE! Being born is clearly hard work. What an amazing experience you got to watch first hand. All the best to the little newcomers. 🐣
Brian Frum says
That’s seriously amazing! Nice to see all of you cuties!
You’ll probably be seeing a lot more of them too! 🙂
Roby Sweet says
How cool! I’ve never seen an egg hatch before. (Is it dumb that I said “Hi, little one!” and waved at the screen?) 🙂
That’s not dumb at all – I love it!!
welcome to our world little peeps … it is like a wonder-machine … with an incubator you can see the wonder of life…isn’t that great?
It is awesome!