So worried...

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by chicknmania, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. goldspur

    goldspur In the Brooder

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    More than likely she is setting, she will not get of her nest very often, and only a brief time, usually after setting for a while one of my hens comes in and does a peahen cry, like she is on high alert, if I hear her I go out and call her in and give her food, than I wait for her to leave and see where her nest is, one year it was really late in October and I knew those eggs could not be good, she had been sitting forever, me and my grandsons tried to remove her, quite a fight, when we got close she was so tight in her nest and not any movement, she would not move, just kept pecking at us. Finally I got her and held her tight, boys got the eggs x6, and I checked all were bad. Took them away and right back on the nest she went. She sat another week on the nest with no eggs, before she came back to be with the other peacocks. She had hatched in June x 5 babies that I let her have, then July I sold the young ones and thats why she thought I need more babies, by then my males had dropped the tail feathers, and probaly did not mate with her, so she went on to lay eggs and sit, poor peahen....she is 7 years old and hatches great peachicks, but my place can not support to many, so I sell them, onless I need replacements. Just keep your eyes and ears open........
     
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    That is the way she's acted when she's been broody before too. Yesterday afternoon tho coulda swore I heard her call, it was very far away.
    That's what's got me worried. Just the one time, and it could have just SOUNDED far away, if she was in our cornfield, which is next to the barn.
    Or, it could have been one of the others. Usually by now, we'd see some sign of her....I work from home so am usually around, tho not always, and
    we always have family coming and going. [​IMG]
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

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    When one of my hens dissapeard for days I also swoar I head her also and look for her, when she finely came out and I watched where she went back to I found her nest pretty close to the trail I had already passed a couple times and she is white so you think I woulda saw her, there was plenty for her to eat like berries and seeds, she could have stayed out there and survived just fine, pluse my daughter had told me she saw a white one at her bird feeder, so there is a good chance your girl is fine eating out of someones bird feeder.
     
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    Thanks, I hope so! Still no sign of her. It poured most of last night, and tomorrow it is supposed to turn VERY cool.
    I am mostly just worried that, if she is broody, she's going to make herself sick. She is ridiculously broody, as I said
    before, and will NOT get off the nest...last time it took her way more than four weeks, and when we tried to catch
    her to take her off the nest, that was laughable. [​IMG] If we find her this time, we'll have to try and catch her well after dark.
     
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    I hope that Sweetpea, our other hen, who is younger, will not turn out to be as broody, but from reading other's posts it seems that most peahens are pretty broody minded?
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

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    I had 5 out 7 under the age of 2 go broody next year I will have 10 after I sell off some pairs or trios.

    Don't worry about the rain she will be fine.
     
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    Thanks. [​IMG] Princess is 4 y.o. this year and she started going broody when she was around 2.5 years old. Sweetpea is two, almost three, and she hasn't gone broody yet at all. Since Princess has been broody so much this year, Sweetpea finally resigned herself to hanging with the boys...before that, Princess was her BFF, and neither one cared if the boys EVER came near them. [​IMG]
     
  8. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

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    Well, hopefully I'm not jinxing this.....but I think I might've found her. Uh...AND her chickies. Just don't know yet though. Last night it was gorgeous...beautiful brilliant full moon casting shadows everywhere, and warm. So, I was down by the barn, turned off the barn lights, and set off for a walk. Stopped when I heard what SOUNDED like whining...????..and then it changed to mmmm mmm mmm..and then peeping! In dense bushes just off our cornfield, between our property and our neighbor's house. Neighbor said a cat (who is now our spayed barn cat) had her kittens in that same spot one year. Peeping went on and on, I got close enough to pinpoint, but not so close as to trigger the security light, and it was in the bushes anyway. But going back today to seriously look. And the noise did silence when I got closer, so she would hush the babies the same way a chicken hen would, I assume. Just about the right time too for them to hatch....
    eek. [​IMG]
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    [​IMG] Sending hopeful thoughts your way!

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  10. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

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    [​IMG] Get them treats ready [​IMG]
     

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