Ok...I have 2 pens with peafowl. One pen has a mature female and a mature male. The female has been setting on eggs for 10 days now. My other pen has 2 mature females (both actively laying eggs) and 2 immature males in it. My mature purple blackshoulder is, how do I put this, really interested in mating. EVERYTIME i go in the pen to feed or whatever, she hunkers down as if she is expected to be covered by a male. Well, yesterday, I stroked her back and she was twitching her tail from side to side......I really would like to put her in with the mature male. I need someone to help me decide what to do here. Should I put her in the pen with the mature male? Im afraid the disturbance could run the setting female off of her eggs. Do I have enough time left in the breeding season to wait for the clutch to hatch and then add her to the pen? I do plan to remove the chicks from mom and imprint and raise them in the inside brooder. Also, off topic but would like to get some advice on pest control. The female that is setting is in a next on top of a brooder box, really high off of the ground, but im afraid that with the hatching mess ants will be attracted to the nest and kill the babies. I just had this happen with a clutch of chickens. Should I dust the area with malathion dust a few days before expected hatch? Should I remove the eggs from mom when they start pipping? This is my first clutch and could really use the advice!!! Thanks!