Saturday, August 6, 2011

Guineas Update

Four of the guineas are watching over the hen
in the nest under the tree in the weeds & saplings
We have 5 guineas left and thought we were about to have more. A guinea hen had been laying one egg per day for about 14 days. Then she began sitting on the nest full time to begin the hatch. We checked her nest & counted the eggs when she left it to eat and drink. She chose an area under a tree in the middle of the front yard so I quit mowing around it so not to disturb her. We were so excited that she chose a place so close to the house which we thought a bit safer than in the high grass in the fields.

The 4 other guineas had been closely sticking by her all the time she was sitting on the nest. Even while she was laying her daily egg, the 4 would sit by her in the grass. It was amazing to watch.

Then one morning we went out to check on the nest and it was raided during the night. All but 5 eggs were destroyed! So Mark picked up the eggs and put them in the incubator. We'll see if we can hatch them successfully. It is less work when momma raises them but we'll do what we can.

One can't get too cocky around the country. You never know what is going to happen. This is the type of thing we are hoping Buddy will help prevent in the future.

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