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NevC



Joined: 25 Nov 2008
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Location: Linton, Victoria, Australia
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:58 pm Reply with quote

Is it best to pick up eggs as they are layed to incubate, or leave them till she finished?

I am concerned she will lay elswhere if they disappear.

cheer

Jenny
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burdgurl
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Location: USA
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:55 pm Reply with quote

NevC wrote:
Is it best to pick up eggs as they are layed to incubate, or leave them till she finished?

I am concerned she will lay elswhere if they disappear.

cheer

Jenny


Hi Nev,

This time of year I don't think you'll be getting too many more eggs from her, unless you live in a warm sunny climate at this time of year.
Where are you located,
is she free ranging or penned up ?

Personally, after our hens lay 1-3 eggs I start gathering them .
Our hens will keep laying and I can find them this way but, our birds are penned up.

If you leave the eggs in the nest and the temps. climb over 75 degrees F or so the eggs will be non viable for hatching , not to mention how dirty they can get whilst in the nest.
You can clean them but have to do so carefully and properly.
If you're going to incubate, good idea to store ( around 55 F degrees ) and turn the eggs for no more than 1 - 1/2 weeks before setting .
"Batch hatching " the eggs will save you time, trouble and electricity. Wink
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NevC



Joined: 25 Nov 2008
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Location: Linton, Victoria, Australia
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:02 pm Reply with quote

I am in Southern Australia, its probably about 4 weeks early for the lay to start, but the weather is warming nicely.

The Peafowl are penned of a night, but free range during the day.

So far there is only the one egg.

cheers

Jenny
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kat
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Joined: 30 Oct 2007
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Location: Maryland
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:34 am Reply with quote

Hi NevC and welcome to our little forum.... If you fill in some of the details on your profile like your location, it will help us get to know you and better answer your questions.

As for the eggs. Most of us collect the eggs daily so that we can protect them from anything happening to them. Then when we get several collected we put them in the incubator. Your hen may find a few places to lay her eggs, so you have to search a little bit. Keeping her penned during breeding season will protect her from predators when she decides to nest on the ground.

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NevC



Joined: 25 Nov 2008
Posts: 16
Location: Linton, Victoria, Australia
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:21 pm Reply with quote

Kat,

Been a member for quite a while, just reading and learning.
I have input our location now, I thought it was there already.

Thanks for help

Jenny
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bcraft



Joined: 09 Nov 2007
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Location: Ohio
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:33 pm Reply with quote

If you want to free range them. Place a nest egg(fake or mark one) were you get the first egg. She will return to her nest to lay. But I gather the eggs so she keeps laying.

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