Here are questions I haven't seen an answer for yet.......

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by WestKnollAmy, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    How many eggs do your hens lay a year?
    Do the hens lay more as 2 year olds or 3 year olds or older?
    At what age do the ladies start slowing down in laying?

    Do you ever hatch yearling eggs if they happen to produce any?

    Believe me, I have more questions but I figure this is a start.

    Thank you all in advance!
     
  2. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has been my experience, but will not necessarily be standard across the board:
     
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  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Awesome info! Thank you!

    I understand each is different but it blows me away to hear they lay up into their teens. My chickens and Guineas slow down after 5 or 6 years old. This is most interesting news. I appreciate it.

    I hope others will chime in with their experiences, as well.
     
  4. Lil Zoo

    Lil Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 4 yearling hens in a pen with one male this fall. That group laid over 40 eggs late in the fall, I don't know of course which hen laid or how many or if all laid a few, most of them were fertile. The other pens I had 4 hens in with 1 male. One pen didn't have one egg. The other had 2 eggs, that pen had 2 year old male, 2 eggs weren't fertile. Last pen didn't have a male so expected no fertile eggs, but seen no eggs at all. So my newbie experience was rather mind boggling. I also had 1 older hen in the pen that laid none, but she could of laid her catch before I got her.
     
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  5. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    This probably goes without saying, but:
    These responses refer to how many eggs they lay if you take eggs away from the hens to incubate yourself.
    If they are left to their own devices, hens will lay, and hatch, one (sometimes two) 5-6 egg clutches a season.
     
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  7. That is pretty awesome. My yearlings always lay late and almost always after the males start throwing the train. I think us guys in the south suffer from the heat when it comes to egg production and the male fertility period.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I didn't get any eggs from my 3 yearlings that I know of, but they were free ranging. Then the next year, as two year olds, I got maybe 4, but none hatched. This year they must have laid around 15 each. I am just learning about hatching/raising peafowl, so the only ones that hatched were the nice fresh eggs that I put under my banty hen and RP turkey.
     
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Yes, I collect eggs several times a day from my 27 pens of birds plus from the free ranging coops, too. I never let eggs stay in a pen. If a bird goes broody I may give her eggs, usually not even her own but that depends on a few things.

    Thank you.
     
  10. Lil Zoo

    Lil Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe that's another reason my last batch of eggs looked so good then didn't hatch. I only got 2 babies out of the whole lot, but they were all from the late yearlings. That male didn't drop his train till September. Mr. White lost his starting of August and Mr. Cam soon followed.
     

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