Questions re: an abandoned nest

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by CaliGirl 1430, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. CaliGirl 1430

    CaliGirl 1430 New Egg

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    Hello,
    For the first time, we have a nest in our bushes from a neighborhood (wild) peahen. She had 7 eggs, and 2 hatched yesterday. I checked the nest today, and one egg is missing, and 4 unhatched eggs are still there. (Yesterday there were 5 unhatched eggs.)

    Will she come back to the nest with her 2 chicks?
    Assuming the unhatched eggs won't hatch now that's she's left them, should I remove the unhatched eggs? If so, what should I do with them? We do have predators - fox, raccoons, and skunks - and some feral cats.

    Lastly, what should I do with the nest - leave it alone until the next mating season?

    Thank you so much for your help - we are very new to being "grand-parents" to the wild peafowl in the neighborhood!
     
  2. chickbythebay

    chickbythebay Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry nobody answered your questions! What became of the nest? When my peahen got off her unmatched eggs, she never went back to that nest with her chicks. She made a new nest.
     
  3. CaliGirl 1430

    CaliGirl 1430 New Egg

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    Hi Chickbythebay,
    Your reply is perfect - thank you! She took off with her 2 chicks the day they hatched and they've never been back. We left the remaining 5 eggs and the nest as they were, and within 2 or 3 days the predators must've eaten them because one by one the eggs disappeared. (After all, it is the circle of life - the foxes and raccoons need to eat too!)

    We've heard from the neighbors that a momma and 2 chicks were seen on the next block (where the neighbors feed them regularly), so she must've moved to a regular food source. ;-)

    We will go ahead an replant the area where her nest is, and if she comes back again, at least now we know what to expect.

    Thanks again for your reply!
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
  4. BYC-user-174785

    BYC-user-174785 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. chickbythebay

    chickbythebay Out Of The Brooder

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    Glad they are ok! Maybe next spring she will be back!
     

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