Will a peahen foster another hens chicks ?

gourdlady

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 15, 2013
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I moved both hens with their nests to safe pens. ( I free range) Girl's eggs hatched 2 days after the move as anticipated. Peaches however had just started to set and had 3 weeks to go. After the move she abandoned the eggs. I tried giving her a few of Girl's babies but after a few minutes she pecked one and I panicked. Is it at all likely she might still foster if I try again. I have since given her back her freedom. I know she will nest again soon but I don't want more chicks and I know she will be distraught without having young to raise.
 

jvls1942

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first of all, she will not be near as distraught as you seem to be.
they get over losing their nest, eggs and young in about a day.
that is how animals have it over humans..
I doubt she will take foster kids.
maybe try a chicken or other bird.
I had a turkey raise guinea keets for me. she did a fantastic job.. chickens raised all sorts of different birds.
funny to watch a chicken when her baby ducks go into a pond to swim..

....jiminwisc...
 

Midnightman14

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Peahens don't foster brood well, unlike chickens they are not truly domesticated. They're closely related to pheasants so when new chicks start appearing they tend to just kill them.
 

gourdlady

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 15, 2013
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Grafton, Ohio
Peahens don't foster brood well, unlike chickens they are not truly domesticated. They're closely related to pheasants so when new chicks start appearing they tend to just kill them.
Bummer. I was really just hoping to have the one batch of chicks. Now Peaches will be at risk when she nests again, it will be a late hatch and I will have peachicks of different ages running around. History repeats itself.
 

Midnightman14

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The chicks have a period after hatching in which they bond with their mother. They know her by the distinct sound of her "voice" and she knows them the same way. Chicks that she hasn't bonded with are just strangers to her and her to them. Many times the fosters don't do as well as they could because they don't "get" their foster mom's social cues that her own chicks understand perfectly.
 

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