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Questions about Pea Fowl

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by cqranch, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. cqranch

    cqranch Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    1. Do pea fowl only lay at certain times of the year?

    2. How long do pea fowl eggs incubate? Same as chicken?
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    My peahens only lay in late spring/early summer. You will know when the hens are becoming fertile when the males begin to scream and display a lot. The hens will not usually allow the males to mate with them until they are ready to begin to lay eggs.

    The incubation for peafowl is around 28 to 30 days.
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    Mine lay in May or June, when they want to set. She will usually lay 4 or 5 eggs. They take 28 days to hatch I think.
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Sorry about hijacking, but I had heard that they only lay 2 eggs per year? If yours lays 4-5 eggs, then that disproves that, but do they only lay once a year anyway?
  5. Lophura

    Lophura Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Quote:Perhaps you heard Peacock-pheasants with the 2 eggs, that's feasible!! [​IMG]

    Some peahens will lay, if the eggs are pulled, upwards of 20 eggs. Allowing a hen to go broody on a clutch reduces the number obviously. Breeding season where vary where you are in the country, typically spring through early summer. Not unheard of though to have a hen lay eggs in late summer or early fall though.

  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Here in Ohio mine start laying late April, Had a peahen lay in October. the eggs were not fertile as the peacock with her had drop his train feathers.

    Some of my peahens have laid up to 30 eggs per year.(india blues)

    Dan is right peacock pheasant do just lay a few.

    Hatching time is 28 days,but like chicken eggs temp. in the incubator can change that a few days.
  7. ametauss

    ametauss Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Shepherdsville, KY
    At what age do Peacocks start to lay??

    Also, do they do well with chickens/ducks/turkeys/goats etc??

  8. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    Some peahens will lay just a few eggs as yearlings. The fertility % on these eggs is usually quite low, but some will hatch. They lay much better in their second year, and the fertility is usually quite good. Of course, males are usually not fertile till their third year. Occasionally, one will be somewhat fertile in their second year, but this is rare.

    Peafowl will do just fine with other species. They are usually the "boss" around other poultry. I keep mine with chickens and a few Black Spanish turkeys, and they are definitely at the top of the pecking order. Don't know how they would do with goats.

    Peafowl are very tough birds. I have to work hard to get mine to roost inside in the winter. If left to themselves, they will roost outside in the worst winter weather (and we do get some pretty bad/cold weather here in South Dakota).
  9. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Hi, my peafowl begin around May-June. My Male was two years old when he sired all my first chicks. They take around 28 days to hatch. Mine will often start to dig different places in the dirt, then lay an egg or two, then start another hole in the dirt until she finds a spot she likes. Then she'll lay a few of them before sitting. My peafowl get along with all my animals, but can be a bit bossy so keep an eye on them with meek tempered animals. Mine are out with ducks,call,pekin,kampbell,mallard etc. geese, chickens, turkey, pottbellies, mini horse, horses, emu, did have goats, dogs, cats etc..
  10. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Quote:Well technically, peacocks don't lay, the peahens do. Other than that I woudn't know.

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