Pea hen and her eggs...

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by allanimals21, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    684
    1
    141
    Aug 27, 2009
    MN
    This year my hens I think both of them were laying but not sitting? They are 2 1/2-3 years old along with the male. They wouldnt sit on the nests? I had just those three in their own area but nothing? Is there anything I should do for them special next year to help them sit?
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    9,491
    29
    293
    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    My guess give then more room. Myself I dont let mine go setting, so I have to pull their eggs.
     
  3. Pavo Royale

    Pavo Royale Chillin' With My Peeps

    266
    0
    119
    Jul 6, 2009
    Gainesville, GA
    I would let your silkies do it for them. That way, they will keep laying. It is fairly common for peahens not to sit.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  4. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    6,511
    647
    361
    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    It is true that it is common for confined peahens not to set, while free range peahens pretty much all set every year. This also goes for hens that never set in a pen.. once free range most of them will set their first spring on free range and every year thereafter, if they remain free range.

    I had a Spalding hen that never tried to set in the 8 years she was in a pen. Last year, she managed to escape while my dad was doing feed/water routine for me while I was away on vacation. She hung around so I decided to let her stay free range. Sure enough, this spring she made and sat on a nest..

    Anyways, some of my(confined) hens DO set but so far they like to set only if if the pen is very large and there was a fairly secluded nest spot. Put up lean- tos (piece of plywood or ?? and lean it against a wall), put in old tires, also put up elevated nest boxes.. put soil and nesting material in them. Make sure they are either mostly or always shaded, so the eggs don't get baked in direct sun or the hen has to suffer being hot while sitting.

    If the pen is small, that could be part of the problem so give more room if the pen is less than say, 10 x 20 for 3 or more birds.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    9,491
    29
    293
    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Yes most of my peahens do go setting. Of course maybe because I dont want them to. lol. My breeding pens are 12 ft x 36 ft x 6 ft for one peacock and his hens.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by