will my peahen stop laying if i collect her eggs daily

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by mandarin1, May 20, 2016.

  1. mandarin1

    mandarin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My peahen will be two next spring and when talking to someone about peafowl I was told that if you take eggs that a peahen lays and do not replace it with a different egg like a chicken egg, she will stop laying, but I've also read that if you just keep collecting the eggs as she lays them she will keep laying them for about a month or up to 30 eggs, so which is true? If I take the eggs will she keep laying or will she stop?
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    If you keep collecting eggs they'll keep laying until they want to stop.
     
  3. mandarin1

    mandarin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great, thank you for such a quick response!
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome!
     
  5. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    While Birdrain is correct and most hens will continue to lay, they are all a little different. Over the years I have had a couple who seemed to have a predetermined limit to the # of eggs they would lay. For example one hen would lay 5 eggs and then a little ping pong ball egg. The little egg signaled the end of a laying cycle for her, and whether I collected them or not, she would stop laying, then after about a month she would lay another round. If we kept collecting she would go thru about 3 rounds each season.
     
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  6. mandarin1

    mandarin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see, thank you for the information. Hopefully I get lucky and she will continue to lay as I collect eggs, but we'll see. Thank you!!!
     
  7. Midnightman14

    Midnightman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are also masters at concealing eggs. I was quarantining some new birds that were laying and even though their coop was pretty small they managed to hide all their eggs on me until they decided to sit on them full time. I agree as well that they often start and stop sporadically. I had a hen who raised a brood in may and then another in late september. Give the hens lots of protein and calcium and they'll lay alot of good eggs.
     
  8. mandarin1

    mandarin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the advice!
     
  9. Joan Gaudet

    Joan Gaudet Just Hatched

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    Have you ever had a pair of peafowl for 3 yrs and clutch after clutch she never layed fertile eggs. What could b wrong?
     
  10. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    How old is the hen and cock? If they're both three years old at least that would be odd. What's their diet? If it's not nutritional and if they're not Charcoals then they could've been inbred.
     

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