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Judy Davis



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 10:19 am Reply with quote

Hi
Just found 2 of my peahens on their nests at the edge of the woods. Is there any chance of moving them to a safer place and still have them set on the eggs? Or any way to protect the existing nests?. This is their 2nd attempt at nesting this season and both of the other nests were cleaned out (luckily the hens escaped.) I didn't find the other nests until after the attack. Obviously the preditors are much better at finding the nests than I am.
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Judy
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Jeanna
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 2:59 pm Reply with quote

That is something we have yet to accomplish in our area. A peahen choosing her nesting site and rearing chicks.

We have too many preditors here to make it safe for the peahens to incubate their eggs.
The only hen who has been lucky was a Muscovy hen who hid her nest on the roof. She just hatched out 15 ducklings.

When we try to make nesting areas in safe spots the peahens usually do not take to them.
But last year we did have 3 hens sit on the same nest and rear peachicks.
They made their own nest in their enclosure.
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Judy Davis



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 11:38 am Reply with quote

Hi
Thanks for the reply. I gave one try on moving one of the hens and eggs from one nest into an enclosure, as expected she just wanted out! Had a silkie bantam hen just get broody so gave her the eggs. I let the other hen set since she was much closer to the house and thought she wight be safe. WRONG - she got away but the eggs were destroyed. From now on if I don't have a broody hen, no nesting out in the wild!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 2:20 pm Reply with quote

yes,
using a silkie hen as an incubator is GOOD Exclamation
Sometimes one of my penned peahens will incubate and raise peachicks BUT
at this moment not even one of them is doing that unless you count that peahen
that still has her son from LAST YEAR Embarassed
I have just a few eggs under my bearded barred rock bantam and need to
candle those. About seven eggs are scattered around a pen that has three
peahens and a peacock. One of these peahens does have incubating and
mothering experience---and perhaps does NOT want more paperbag

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Lagjaogale



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:26 am Reply with quote

I actually fostered 4 raccoons last year and kept them in the pen! I worked tirelessly to make sure the coons couldn't get out - and they were young and smallish.........so I am pretty sure older coons cannot get in the pen. ?????

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:15 am Reply with quote

Lagjaogale wrote:
I actually fostered 4 raccoons last year and kept them in the pen! I worked tirelessly to make sure the coons couldn't get out - and they were young and smallish.........so I am pretty sure older coons cannot get in the pen. ?????

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