Staggering hatch

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Lovie, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Lovie

    Lovie Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have luck with staggered hatches? I am a newbie and do not want to stagger but only have one peahen. If I save up eggs and then begin the 28 day incubation, I don't want any eggs in the meantime to be wasted and 28 days would be to long to save them. Thank you for any ideas or input
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not with peafowl, but I've had luck with staggered hatches and chickens, but only with chicks a few days apart. Its always easier of course to just start incubation at the same time for all eggs.
     
  3. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    By staggered do you mean, put the eggs in the incubator as they're laid causing there to be a couple days between each chick(s)? I've hatched out peachicks like that before.
     
  4. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could plan two hatches a week or so apart... Like collect eggs for a week and put them in, set a date etc then collect eggs for another week and put those in as a group too so that you have (I dont know how often peafowl's lay so lets say shes lays 4) four chicks hatching one weekend and four hatching the weekend after that. That way the chicks age isnt that far apart but you still get 2 weeks worth of babies? :)
     
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  5. Lovie

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    Yes! Please explain what you did. I don't want to risk my peachicks but don't know how else to not waste eggs
     
  6. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    What I have done is right as they're laid, put them in the incubator. Then fairly similar to the same as incubating chickens eggs, but peachicks are more sensitive to humidity than chicken chicks are. I've kept peahen eggs for 7 days without incubating and got 100% hatch rate before. I did that last year. Collect 4 eggs from my Indian Blue hen. Collected 4 eggs from each White peahen as well. My White peahen eggs didn't do so well, the male was too young. I only had one chick hatch from the peahen. With a mature male and female, hatch rate goes up significantly. What I did was rotate eggs twice a day by hand. When rotating I put the coolest side up. I never do lockdown. I rotate my eggs from day 1 until I feel pecking or hear chirping. I think I started the humidity for the first week in the higher 30% lower 40% and slowly increased. When hatching came around I remained in between 65% and 70% humidity. I incubate at 99.8 F from start to finish.
     
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  7. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't do "lockdown" either, I just use the term to mean cessation of turning and upping of humidity, not the "don't open the incubator" sense that some people use it.

    Just curious, what is your typical hatch rate.
     
  8. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    With peafowl if you're above 50% you're doing good. Peafowl eggs are sensitive compared to chicken and ducks. My average hatch rate is 87.5% with my Indian Blues. I'm hoping to increase that. As for Whites I'm at 0%. My Indian Blue hen has a 90% hatch rate. My White hen has a 100% hatch rate. She incubated one egg and it hatched.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    @Lovie , I suggest buying a second incubator to use for hatching.
     
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