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skycladfaerielady



Joined: 18 Jul 2009
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Location: Indiana
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:34 am Reply with quote

I have 4 Peafowl eggs in my incubator due to hatch July 28. Have never had Peafowl before. Have chickens, & have had ducks in the past. Also have duck eggs in the incubator. Exactly what should I do when/if they hatch? I have hatched loads of chickens. How different are the chicks? Have read a lot, but would appreciate some "hands on advice." Any advice for a new-comer to Peafowl would be greatly appreciated! I am sure there is plenty of info on this site, but I am still learning how to navigate through it. My computer skills are right up there with my Peafowl skills! LOL Question

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eberhardt22



Joined: 20 Jun 2009
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Location: North Judson IN
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:45 am Reply with quote

any luck with your eggs? I would be glad to hear someone is having better luck then me with peafowl eggs
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skycladfaerielady



Joined: 18 Jul 2009
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Location: Indiana
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:10 am Reply with quote

No luck at all! I cracked one open at the top today & it was rotten! Did the others & same thing. I still have 2 more due to hatch Aug. 19. Have tried to candle them, but cannot see anything through the thick shell.

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bdfive



Joined: 26 Oct 2008
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Location: Texas
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:21 pm Reply with quote

I'm new here so not sure I'm doing this right. Also somewhat new at peafowl but doing pretty good....haven't lost a free range peahen yet this breeding season. We have lots of predators here. I hatched out 9 peachicks and have 8 eggs in the incubator now. Regarding candling. A friend lent me his chandler. I couldn't see a thing so went to Walmart and bought a small Coleman Max LED flashlight that uses 2 AA batteries. It puts out 115 Lumens and I can see into the egg really good. The head of it fits right up against the egg so all the light goes into it. Cost was about $25 but worth every cent. It's my understanding keeping the humidity at 60 is important and raising it to 70 the last couple days needs to be done so I bought (at Walmart) a digital humidity and temperature monitor for about $6. It says Springfield Precisetemp on the front of it.
darlene in Texas Hill Country

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Joined: 13 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:28 pm Reply with quote

Getting a more digitally accurate thermometer with humidity I think was key to me having my first successful hatch on my fourth season of trying. I only turned the eggs once a day...each night before I went to bed instead of having them in a turner. However, I think that I was running a little hot as I kept having chicks hatch earlier than 28 days. I bumped the humidity up as high as I could on last three days. I also think that I might have candled eggs too often as it seemed that the light "woke" them up. Next year I will candle them early but not after 20 days or so and just wait for the peeping sounds.

I had one peafowl person tell me they did a test with three different thermometers and at any given moment no two had the same temp.

I got mine at Wal-Mart but paid about $11 for it. It had inside and outside temp with humidity but I put the whole thing in the incubator and did not utilize the outside temp probe. The outside probe was not as sensitive in my opinion.

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