Question for the Peafowl breeders about egg laying (UPDATE!!! Some eggs are fertile) New Questions.

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Glenmar, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. My peahen usually free ranges. I penned her for 2 weeks before she started laying eggs, so I am hoping they are fertile.
    I have my 4th egg now. I am going to put them in the incubator on Monday (as soon as my current hatch is done)

    I want her to sit on the next batch of eggs.
    The question is : How long will she take a break before beginning to lay again??
    Will the second bunch of eggs be fertile, or do I need to turn her loose for a while with my male??

    thanks
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  2. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say there is a higher chance they are not fertile. I have read studies that a hen will lay fertile eggs from 9 days to 29 days following interaction with a male, but the average is usually around 2 weeks. If you are removing the eggs when they are laid, she may not take a break for a while. I have had hens lay steady for a month and a half, with no break, but I have also had hens that would lay 4 or 5, skip a couple days, and then lay 4 or 5 more.
     
  3. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I have 7 eggs in the incubator. I should be able to candle them for fertility Sunday. [​IMG]
     
  4. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of these eggs are fertile. I have 7 in the incubator on day 6. She layed 2 more that I took out. I put my male in with her and he bred her within 2 minutes. (That was yesterday) She layed another egg today. Can I assume that one is infertile?? When would she lay fertile eggs?? If she is laying one every few days. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    i would say any egg layed after he mated with her. oh i candle peafowl eggs after 10 days. not 7 like chicken, then veins show more.
     
  6. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Deerman. I was hoping your would read this. I was also planning on checking the eggs again at 10 days.
    I saw definite veining in 2-3.
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    yes vein will show at 7 days, but with my old eyes its easier at 10 days.

    glad you got some fertile ones.....happy hatching
     
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    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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  9. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] thanks
     
  10. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 out of 7 were fertile and are growing. [​IMG]
     

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