my peahen is laying eggs but the peacock died 1 - 1 1/2 week a go?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by KWAK, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    ok so my peahen is laying eggs and her mate died a bout 1 1/2 weeks a go? do the eggs have any chance of being fertile?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Yes, but the percentage of fertile eggs will rapidly decrease. Was he in good health and mating the hen prior to his death? Lack of health would also affect the chance of fertility. I'd try them in the incubator.
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    Yes Do Try Them, But Honestly, It's Too Early In The Year For Them To Even Be Breeding, So Chances Are Very Slim Of Any Being Fertile.
  4. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    he was healthy and was displaying for the hen... not sure why he died?
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    If I remember correctly, the female can stay fertile up to 2 or 3 weeks after the male is gone. Of course, that depends on the last time they mated. It is worth a shot to try and hatch them!
  6. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    thanks for the info! do they lay eggs at night?
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:[​IMG] yes i have had peahen lay fertile eggs , 3 weeks after the peacock was remove. Big thing would be if he had breed ,her this early...worth a try.

    Yes they lay late , in the day near dusk sometimes.

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