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Moving a nest
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Elaine    Posted 06-13-2003 at 06:31:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The female has a nest in a field, beside a tree. Should I try and catch her and move the nest into the barn or leave well enough alone?
Thank You


Salmoneye    Posted 06-13-2003 at 08:35:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guinea Fowl never nest in a barn here...Always in the bush and they do fine...


Tom A    Posted 06-13-2003 at 08:31:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Elaine:

you're in sort of a no-win situation, but I think the best thing is to let her stay and let nature run its course.

If you move her, it is likely that she'll quit setting the eggs. If that happens, she'll simply build another nest farther out and increase the likelyhood that something will get her...been there, done that.

Had a turkey hen that built a nest near our outbuildings. Every night we'd move her and her eggs into the coop where she normally stayed. She gradually got farther and farther out...finally we decided to let her set the eggs because she had moved very far out toward the highway and we feared her next move would cross it.

Well, that night a fox or owl got her. Possibly if we'd let her stay the first time, she'd have been safe. But you never know. So I'd say leave her: She knows what is best, even though the outcome may not always be "successful."

good luck,
Tom


DHunter n NOLa    Posted 06-13-2003 at 07:56:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it's a nest one would assume that it is some sort of fowl. The answer is Don't. Don't move it, don't touch it, don't do anything except, as you suggested, leave well enough alone.


Katrina    Posted 06-13-2003 at 06:54:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Someone will probably have a good answer to help you but please clarify... a female what? Thanks


Elaine    Posted 06-13-2003 at 08:06:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am so sorry. It is a Guinea hens nest. Nothing like being self centered.


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