First timer!!!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by CaitlinM, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. CaitlinM

    CaitlinM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband brought home two peacock eggs! They are in the incubator and developing nicely!!! I am so excited!!! Does anyone have any tips or hint for successful hatching? Will they be friendly like a chicken?
     
  2. Widlast

    Widlast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure you turn the eggs regularly. Other than that, as long as temps and humidity are good they tend to develop just fine.
    When hatching resist the urge to help (unless the chick is truly having trouble). Hatching can take up to a day.
    The can be very friendly, be calm and quiet around them so they are not startled and they will become very accustomed to you.
    I taught mine to eat from a spoon (as well as their dish). Mine were very fond of GroGel Plus.
    You'll need a brooder after they hatch, and keep a watch, they are adept jumpers even when young.
    Just a caution, as the males get older they can be a bit feisty, the beaks don't hurt but the claws are VERY sharp.
    Now they are about 3 months old, I feed them high protein chicken feed (20%) and bread and banana as treats.
     
  3. Midnightman14

    Midnightman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When it comes to raising and keeping them they are very different from chickens. Generally until they are several months old they are pretty jumpy around people. I have a 6 week old right now that has known me since she was born and she still gets nervous when I stop in to give her food. If you only hatch one I'd wait to see if it's a male or a female before trying to seriously tame it. Generally by the time you can tell it's a male or female they are starting to lose their fear of people anyway. The reason for this is that if a cock bird is raised from chickhood by a person they are much more likely to become aggressive towards people when they start to hit puberty. This happens because they view humans as peacocks and rivals for the females. They are also social birds so if you can get 3 or more they'll do pretty well though don't keep multiple cock birds unless your pen is enormous or you are free ranging them. If you end up with little ones or purchase little ones in the future keep them on wire rather than wood shavings, hay, or straw. All three of these are very dusty which isn't good for them and they retain water and rot very easily too.
     

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