my first fertile egg o' the season

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by johnskoi, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. johnskoi

    johnskoi Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] .. set the first 3 on the 11th --- looks like one's good [​IMG]

    set the next 6 last night..... [​IMG]

    for now they're in the same bator, as i get closer to lockdown (if they make it that far), i've got other bators for the different humidities...

    all hens are coming into their second year, most of the boys are also -- i've got two 3rd year boys, but it looks like a few of the 2 year olds are doing the work.. they're laying this early because i've got lights on in the coop for heat for some of my younger silkies that they share their space with...





  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Wow congrats on an early start! Any idea on what kind of peachicks you might hatch out?
  3. Wow! From my recollection previous attempts to stimulate egg laying were successful but did not result in fertile eggs until much closer to a normal season.
  4. johnskoi

    johnskoi Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks-- i'm kinda psyched! ..the hens that i'm pretty sure are the ones laying are an opal, an ibbs and one or two split ib's (pretty sure they're split to either white or pied) ... the most active boys are two ib split (white or pied), two bs ibbs , one white and purple silver pied ..iow, i'll probably hatch blues...[​IMG]

    so far only one's definitely fertile ---time'll tell with the rest ... i wasn't trying to stimulate them and wasn't really expecting anything from them this season being that all the hens are only in their second year .... last november (2011) i had older peas (they went to a friend who built a 1/4 acre enclosure for 'em) who started laying in november due to the lights that were on for these guys at the time -- none of those were fertile...

    on top of the light issue, we've also had some very mild weather lately which may have also contributed --- as of today we're back to COLD, so they may stop??? no eggs today...
  5. I know that lights will definitely stimulate egg laying for sure. It would be interesting to see if the total number of fertile eggs were increased. Keep track and let us know. The weather definitely plays a role in egg production and fertility. Last year was a disaster for fertility. The girls started laying eggs real early but were not interested in being mated. Then the males threw their tails before the girls quit laying.
  6. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2011
    That's the issue I had, with no fertile eggs for at least 3 weeks following the first one. Males were not as quick to respond to the light increase for me.
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
  8. johnskoi

    johnskoi Chillin' With My Peeps

    one of the first 3 is growing great and 5 of the next 6 are fertile [​IMG] two days with no eggs, then another 2 today.... i expect a few tomorrow...
  9. johnskoi

    johnskoi Chillin' With My Peeps

    one of some of the boys struttin their stuff a few day ago...
    and two shots of eggs at different ages...

    put 4 more in the bator last night .... woke up to another egg this morning (currently sweating in the house) -- don't know if it was laid last night or this morning --i'm out there with a flashlight after it gets dark scouting for eggs... the temps for the coming week are below freezing, so i'll be too in my search for eggs....
  10. Peacocks 05

    Peacocks 05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2013
    At home
    I like your pics of eggs

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