QUESTIONS on incubating peahen eggs...

critters

Songster
8 Years
May 19, 2011
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I want to/plan to incubate the eggs from my peafowl but
have a few questions first:

Using a still air styrofoam incubator
are the following things right?

28 days incubation
stop turning after 25
temp 99.6* - 100*
humidity 45%
1/4 turn 5x a day

Please advise so I can have a successful hatch!!!

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will check for your replies regularly.....thanks!
 
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Yoda

Songster
9 Years
Jul 7, 2010
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Shady Hills, FL
I hatch my eggs out of a Hovabator styrofoam incubator every year with great hatch rates. You can see my setup here:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/704066/ill-show-you-my-setup-if-you-show-me-yours-heavy-pictures

I have a fan in mine to circulate the heat which is an easy install and you can get one off Ebay pretty cheap Be sure it comes with a fan guard.
28 days incubation yes
stop turning after 25 day 26
temp 99.6* - 100* yes
humidity 45% I keep mine just above 50%
1/4 turn 5x a day don't know use egg turner trays

Be sure the eggs are laid on the sides NOT pointy side down like a chicken egg
 
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critters

Songster
8 Years
May 19, 2011
936
23
166
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!
first, I need to get some replies....eager to know if I will be doing
things right or wrong....

thought you, among others, might even have answers for me....

but of course you can ask a question.....you can ask now if you like....
 
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AugeredIn

All Fowled Up!
9 Years
This years incubation method:

Incubation temperature = 100.5 degrees at a humidity of 40% except at hatching when the humidity is raised to 60%. We used to stop turning at day 25, however we are stopping at day 24 this year as we are hatching one day earlier at the higher temperature. The higher temperature is to attempt to reduce quiters. We have the turner set up to turn every hour this year instead of every two hours. This is also to improve hatch rates.

We have also stepped out of bounds this year and are incubating every egg on its pointy end. We did this at the end of last year and saw no difference in hatch rate so we are doing all year this time to accomodate more eggs.

To date, this year, we have hatched 19 of 23 (82.6%) apparent fertile eggs. Two of the four unhatched were only partially developed. One piped and died within an hour or so and one pipped and was hand hatched at 6 hours and later died.

We have about 15 fertile eggs due to hatch this friday night and the count goes up every week after that.
 

zazouse

Crowing
10 Years
Sep 7, 2009
11,009
741
406
Southeast texas
I am going to place some pea eggs in my cabinet bater with auto turner, i found that my goose trays are great for holding the pea eggs in place on their side as i have read a few times that this is better.

My question is which way do i set the trays ... like do i set them where the eggs are turned side to side or pointy then to the round end.
 
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zazouse

Crowing
10 Years
Sep 7, 2009
11,009
741
406
Southeast texas
first, I need to get some replies....eager to know if I will being doing
things right or wrong....

thought you, among others, might even have answers for me....

but of course you can ask a question.....you can ask now if you like....
Thank you, been hatching guinea and chickens for years in a bator but peas are new for me.
 

critters

Songster
8 Years
May 19, 2011
936
23
166
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!
This years incubation method:

Incubation temperature = 100.5 degrees at a humidity of 40% except at hatching when the humidity is raised to 60%. We used to stop turning at day 25, however we are stopping at day 24 this year as we are hatching one day earlier at the higher temperature. The higher temperature is to attempt to reduce quiters. We have the turner set up to turn every hour this year instead of every two hours. This is also to improve hatch rates.

We have also stepped out of bounds this year and are incubating every egg on its pointy end. We did this at the end of last year and saw no difference in hatch rate so we are doing all year this time to accomodate more eggs.

To date, this year, we have hatched 19 of 23 (82.6%) apparent fertile eggs. Two of the four unhatched were only partially developed. One piped and died within an hour or so and one pipped and was hand hatched at 6 hours and later died.

We have about 15 fertile eggs due to hatch this friday night and the count goes up every week after that.
OK......WILL THIS METHOD WORK WITH THE 'STILL AIR' INCUBATOR I HAVE??
 

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