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How old must a peacock be before peahen eggs are fertile

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by oldguy, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. oldguy

    oldguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, just wondering - how old my peacocks should be before peahens will be fertile? Peahens are laying, the peacocks are 11 months old.
     
  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello there @oldguy ! So exciting that you are getting eggs! [​IMG]
    But...as I understand it, your fella is too young to have fertilized them. [​IMG]
    The experts will be chiming in here soon.
     
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  3. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ideally the male must have a year older than the female!
    male = 3 years old ... female 2 years !

    The more he have that ... [​IMG] .... the more he is fertile and the more he is attractive for the peahens !
     
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    As said 2 years is about the soonest, 3 is better... They are only fertile when they have their train (tail) so no train (tail) display no fertility...
     
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  5. oldguy

    oldguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. I learn a lot here. My hens are 3 years old and i have 4 males in there with them that are 11 months old. The males fan and strut around but i haven't seen any breeding take place. The females are dominant at the food dish. I'll keep and set the eggs and update this thread if any hatch. I have 2 eggs thus far.
     
  6. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Brad Legg told me two years old and it didn't matter if the cock has eye feathers or not. Like mentioned above the older the better and the more eye feathers the more attracted the hen is to him.
     
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  7. Midnightman14

    Midnightman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with KSkingbee there really are no set rules when it comes to this kind of thing. I've had males with no trains mate successfully and hens that are 1 lay fertile eggs. I have noticed though that a hen will almost always go for an older male over a younger one if she has a choice.
     

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