Though I didn’t mention this in my previous post about Little Pea (mainly because I didn’t really believe anything would come out of it), on the occasion we found him (or her), we also came across an unattended nest. Since it was dark, and the eggs were cold, I didn’t think they were viable, but a quick candling with our phone flashlight revealed chicks in advanced stages of development, and some feeble movement. After a brief inner struggle, we decided to take them home and place them in the incubator.
To my surprise, the eggs continued to develop, and yesterday all five of them hatched – even one which had a hairline crack that I repaired with nail polish. The peachicks are now in a brooder hastily made out of an old cardboard box and a heating lamp.
So, all in all, we now have six young peafowl on our hands. When the babies grow up a bit, we hope to be able to move them together with Little Pea.
We don’t know yet where we are going with this unexpected adventure, but we sure are excited about it!
4 thoughts on “More peafowl”
What a great story! How brilliant to think of sealing the cracked egg with nail polish.
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Thank you! The credit does not go to me, I have read this tip on backyardchickens.com
When I was in my late teens, a neighbour gave us a broody hen and some eggs. My sister and I were fascinated, and I swear I could hear the chicks peeping inside the eggs. Our dog was all atremble over the process, but she never tried to get either the eggs or the chicks. I don’t remember what happened to them all, but I think we returned the entire business to Mrs. Braun.
Good luck with this project! I’ll be looking forward to updates.
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Yes, it is possible to hear the chicks cheeping inside the eggs prior to hatching. 🙂