Candling eggs - What should I see?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Frosty, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    I put 7 peafowl eggs under a broody hen (speckled sussex) on June 8th. Now about a week later, I got her off of the nest for a quick check, what am I looking for? With chicken eggs, in less than a week I see veins. Of these eggs, 4 of the seven look clear, I'll give them another week and check again. The other 3 had a small dark area and it looked like there was movement in there, but I didn't see any veins. I have never done peafowl eggs before so any thoughts are appreciated!

    I will say that some of the eggs were probably too old when I set them, I just have one hen and she laid 3 eggs then waited about 4 days before resuming. She only laid 7 eggs then quit, I waited a few days to see if she would lay any more. She and the male are both 2 years old, and the male doesn't have any eye feathers yet. If the three are good, should I leave them under the hen until they hatch, or transfer to an incubator at some point? I have her seperated from the rest of the flock while she is sitting on the eggs.
  2. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    Hey! I incubated my first ever peafowl eggs on June 3rd - 7 also! I candled on the 12th, (9th day) and could see that some had a blood ring, some were clear (infertile) and could see movement/veins in a few others. Really I don't think they look much different than chicken eggs, development wise.... We're down to 3 so I hope they hatch...

    Candle again this weekend and you should be able to tell if the ones that you think have movement are viable. Let us know what you find out!
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    peafowl eggs take 28 day to hatch , so candle at 10 days.. should see about same as chicken egg at 7 days.
  4. I candle on day 25 when they stop turning. You can tell 100% if they have developed or not. [​IMG]

  5. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    After the hen has been setting for 2 weeks, I just candled the eggs again. It has to be totally dark out or I face a very mad hen [​IMG]

    3 of the eggs still looked clear, 1 looked darker but not in a good way. The other 3 look darker and I still think that I see movement. I think if she hatches them, I will have to give her a private pen and just leave them with the hen. Otherwise I would have to rig up a heat lamp for them and 'mom' would probably stay broody if I put her back in the henhouse. A moveable pen with access to fresh greens daily would probably be a good reward for her (my chickens don't free range due to garden, predators, and neighbors).

    About 2 more weeks! Probably candle again in a week...
  6. angelique_redhead

    angelique_redhead Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    DFW, Texas
    I'm make the 3 clears and the bad looking darker one go away now but that's me. I'm hoping that like some chickens the peahen will turf out the nonviable ones. [​IMG]: Angelique

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