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  Peahen/peacocks eating the eggs!! Help!
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rgdlljames
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:47 am Reply with quote

I have 3 adult peahens (and many males) and one of them is laying an egg about everyother day. But when I find them they are broken open and eaten. Is there anything that I can do to stop this? Last night I went out to check - no egg. An hour later there was an egg but it was broken open and eaten already. Sad Very sad....I want to incubate them. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:43 am Reply with quote

Try putting Tabasco sauce and cayene pepper in a couple eggs, I have heard of this working. Even if you just use a couple store bought eggs they may get the idea that they dont taste good.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:17 pm Reply with quote

I have never had a problem with peafowls eating their eggs but have
had way too many games of "egg drop soup" Rolling Eyes
Meaning they sit on perch and drop their eggs. I named a peacock
Neverland because my hand was correctly placed so that a dropped
egg never landed Cool but was held in my hand until it dried so that
I could mark it and carry it to an incubating chicken.
I used to have a peahen that would lay her egg on a shelf where I
needed to get it before it could roll off. The weirdest place that I ever
found an egg was on a perch (2"x4")

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rgdlljames
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:53 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip....I'll try that. It is so weird where they lay them! I've found a couple that were under their perch (2x4 that is 4 feet high) so I know they laid them on there and it rolled off and broke on the floor....maybe that's were they got their first taste of it. Rolling Eyes

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Cory



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:47 pm Reply with quote

would Oyster Shell help out? I started supplementing oyster shell when I noticed my peahen was laying one evening I walked up and she was hunched over in the nest covering her 2 eggs ...

It could be that her calcium levels are low and they are breaking the eggs to eat them and also finding a yummy yolk to also guzzle down.

try that as well ... it could be the remedy to the egg breaking/cracking/munching mystery

Cory

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rgdlljames
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:11 am Reply with quote

Well, I tried the tobasco in egg trick and it worked! No more destroying thier own eggs. Smile I have put one in every other evening for the last week and have gotten 2 eggs that weren't touched. I may put some oyster shells in for good measure too. Thanks for the tip.
So, the last 2 eggs went into the incubator.....hope they are fertile. Smile
Thank you everyone!! Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:24 am Reply with quote

Another way that eggs can vanish is......SNAKES gaah

Twenty years ago as the incubation season was drawing to a close
an old chicken was incubating the very last egg (from Firstborn's
first breeding season) That egg was almost due to hatch and the
candler has showed a live peachick inside. But when I went out to
the chicken coop I found an EMPTY NEST Shocked
The old hen was on the roost because there was nothing in the nest
to incubate Confused I had an unpleasant suspicion so I got a solid plastic
egg that had been created using a drained peahen eggshell for a
mold. I gently coaxed the elderly crested Polish hen back onto the
nest to "incubate" that fake egg. A few nights later I entered the
coop just in time to see a four foot long gray rat snake leaving the
nest with that fake egg. Bad mistake for snake :00ps

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