This year's eggs Update:Damsel on nest

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by MinxFox, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    :/In this topic I will talk about peafowl eggs for this year like when they were laid, what I plan on doing with them, if they end up good or not, and hopefully this topic will end with a happy ending of at least one egg hatching...

    Some quick background:
    Of my five peafowl three are peahens, but last year only Ice laid eggs. Her first egg was next to a plant, then her second egg was next to a different plant. She wasn't laying in one spot but eventually after moving the eggs and using fake eggs we had her laying under a little hut with palm fronds covering it. Her first clutch was six eggs, but she never sat on them. Finally we had to collect them all and throw them out because they went bad. Her second clutch was only 3 eggs. She sat on one, then stopped setting all together so we took these eggs and tried incubating them but it turned out that none of them were any good. I am sure we are partly to blame...Maybe we should have given her more time to do something with her eggs. This year we will try a different approach. We have the hut Ice laid in, some brand new nest boxes with fake eggs inside, and two dog boxes stacked for them to nest in. On April 4th I saw Dragon mate with Pip so I have been waiting for the eggs...

    Today:
    As I walked to the pen today I was thinking about how I should check for an egg since I knew it would be any day now. The first place I looked was in the small tarp covered section with the two dog boxes full of hay stacked on top of each other. I peered in the top blue dog box and saw a bright white egg!!!!!! I ran to go tell mom! I am pretty sure it is Pip's. I searched the rest of the pen just in case.

    So this is the start! I didn't have the camera with me so tomorrow I will get some pictures. Peahens won't abandon their nest if they see you looking at their egg and touching it will they? Pip didn't see me but I was wondering...
     
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  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! Good Luck!! Take a picture of the dog box and hay. I may do something like that in my barn to make my girl happy. I put
    some large branches in the corner of one stall. I put some mulch, straw and pine shavings in the corner. I am hoping she will pick that place.
    You got your egg on day 11. Maybe I will get one on 4/19.
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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  4. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YEA!!!!!!!! I hope its fertile and you get it to grow!
     
  5. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay today I got pictures, but let me tell you what a surprise!!! I thought maybe there would be a new egg, but instead I look in the dog box and see four eggs! I took pictures and then walked around the pen and threw out food, watched the peafowl, ect. I noticed Alto was following Ice around a lot, not harassing her but just being a bit annoying. He followed her into the smaller pen area with the tarp and after a while I noticed Ice must still be in there. I figured she was on a perch so I looked in there and she wasn't on a perch. To my amazement she was on the eggs! Now, I know at least one egg has to be Pip's because I saw her mate, and after all in the picture that feather you see is newly shed and wasn't there before, and it is a Pip feather, definitely NOT a blackshoulder peahen feather. Maybe they are all just going to use the same nest? Pip is lucky then she won't have to incubate her eggs!

    Notice the feather. The middle egg of the three eggs together to the right is the first egg. The top one is tanner than the others, and the last one of the three is a lighter creme. Then the one by itself is white like the first one.
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    Here I am holding the tannest egg.
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    Here is the nest site, it is the top dog box and they can use that wooden plank to get in there.
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    Ice on the nest!
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    Notice the egg sticking out.
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  6. Glenmar

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    What a cool idea. I am expecting my first egg next week. I will put in a few dog crates too.
    Great photos. It looks like you are off to a good start.
     
  7. MinxFox

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    I wasn't sure if Ice would still be on the eggs today, because last year she was setting on two eggs and then she just stopped setting them and didn't return to them at all. So I was very relieved to see her still there.
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    She was sleeping mainly, I don't blame her it must get very boring just lying there. I was just sitting a few feet away watching her when Pip walks up, jumps up to the wooden plank in front of the dog box, and starts clucking looking in there at Ice. After hesitating a bit finally Pip jumped into the dog box with Ice, and stared at her.
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    I still think one of those eggs was Pip's or at least since I found one of Pip's newly shed feathers in that dog box maybe she was scoping it out as a nest site and now Ice is in her spot. Pip left but then came back and did the same thing jumping in the box and looking at Ice and kept clucking. Then she walked around the rest of the pen and was checking out were Ice laid her eggs last year. I bet Pip laid an egg this afternoon maybe...There is enough space for Pip to nest next to Ice, but Pip is so afraid of Ice I don't think she would do that unless she can't find anything else she likes as a nest site.
     
  8. MinxFox

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    After school at 3:00 I went to the pen and looked in the dog box to see Ice, but she wasn't there she was out walking around. I thought okay she is taking a break. There were 6 eggs!! BUT I saw flies...And the yellow stuff of an egg.[​IMG] None of the eggs were cracked so I was confused. Then a few feet away on the pen ground I found half of the egg shell. What happened?![​IMG] So I would have had 7 eggs...I cleaned off the eggs and box. Luckily the eggs were still warm. At around 6:40 we went to check on them, and Ice was still not on the nest.[​IMG] Oh gosh six eggs abandoned. I didn't take them because I was not sure if she would still return to them, but now they have cooled. I feel kind of sick. I should have known this would happen to me...Yet another problem this year...So she will abandon the whole nest? Also does this mean that all the eggs are bad because one cracked and got stuff on them? Then we found a fresh egg in last years nesting spot in a little hut with a palm frond top and some hay on the ground. The egg had to have been just recently laid because it was warm and wasn't there at 3:00. Oh gosh I know Ice can still lay another clutch, but oh man...[​IMG]

    No mater what though, I want these peahens to incubate their eggs! Of course if I have to I might incubate some... Uh I guess I should eat my dinner now...
     
  9. 6littlechickies

    6littlechickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well peahens don't always stay setting on the eggs and yes sometimes abandon them. I would put them in the incubator and let her have another clutch. She may catch on with the second one. It could be a number of reasons a peahen leaves the nest, bad weather could have them abandon b/c its early spring and they know they can hatch another set (by instinct they know this) when conditions are more favorable for reproduction. Introduction of new males could also cause this if the peahen by instinct picks the new male as the one who will give more favorable offspring.
     
  10. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I am kind of sad also because the weather right now is soo great...It is warm here but not too hot like it will be later, that is a reason I was glad she was incubating now, and there hasn't been any rain too. How long will the eggs be good if they are already started? Is it already too late since they got chilled? She has only been incubating them for 3 1/2 days and I am sure some of the newer ones maybe 1 or 2 days.

    Don't they lay a total of 3 clutches...So if she messes up again she will get one more chance? That dog box was perfect for them to lay in and incubate and now this...

    Well thanks for the help, I guess I could try the incubator again this year with her abandoned clutch, not sure I will get anything but I have to do something with all those eggs, hmm I need to candle them...[​IMG]

    Edit: We are going to go check on the eggs again...Maybe she will be on the nest and she was just taking a long break from the nest if she thought it was hot...Please let that be the case!!
     
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