I have yellow golden pheasants that are currently laying, not setting. Last year I tried incubating them with less than desirable results. I refuse to try artificial incubation again due to the fact that I ended up with several crippled chicks. Yes, I have heard that is due for the most part to flucuations in humidity and temperature at crucial developmental stages for the chick. All I have is the foam Hovabator with egg turner, no fan; it does a fair job with chickens but not for the pheasants. Right now I have nearly 20 eggs and no one to set them; I was depending upon my Silkie hens to be broody, but right now, not even my Silkies are broody. (With the exception of one little black Silkie hen that is setting 2 peafowl eggs! ) What to do? I keep hoping that one or more of my other Silkie hens will become broody, if I did not want them to be broody, then all of them would want to set! Any suggestions?? Right now I have the pheasant eggs and 4 more peafowl eggs that I need to set. Last year, I had several different breeds of hens that hatched out the peafowl for me and I hope to use them to do the same this year.
HELP! I have pheasants laying eggs and nobody is setting!!
Your Peahens should incubate on their own, and are normally very good "mothers".
Same for Golden.
Are you leaving the eggs with them ?
Are they laying in the same place all the time ?
Your aviary set up so they have their privacy ?
The peahen lays all her eggs in the same nest; I generally will take a few out to let broody hens hatch some for me. I also let my peahen hatch some out; right now, we have 3 pied, about a year old,(1 female and 2 males) that she hatched out last year. As for the pheasants, no, they just kinda lay the eggs where-ever and sometimes even in the same nest as the peahen is laying her eggs! They have plenty of room in their coop; a large loft area that they also lay eggs helter-skelter in. I have not had much luck with the pheasant hens setting and hatching out their eggs. I do not want to drag out the incubator; the mamas do a better job than I can!
Do you have any local BYC friends with a bator or broody.. maybe they could help you out. we've helped a few BYC folks out locally here and hatched there eggs for them..