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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:02 pm 
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One of my peahens has just started to lay some eggs but peacock hasn't been in with her for about 6 weeks . will they be fertile or not after that amount of time ? :help:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:28 pm 
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Six weeks is rather too long I think. At best a very occasional one might be fertile after that period if they had mated. However, if the hen was not on the point of laying then chances are she will have not been receptive to the male's advances. Best pop a male in with her ASAP, so at least some are fertile.

The long dry spring here meant that most of my peahens did not start laying till mid January here either. The males on the other hand are dropping their tail feathers.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:32 pm 
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I'll put a male in with her tonight and i'll remove the eggs she has laid
when can you let a mum and her chicks out to freerange as this is my first season of having chicks got 6 that are now a month old ?
Do you have any white fertile eggs by any chance ?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:21 pm 
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The chicks are still at risk of being taken by a fox or something till they can fly, even then there are no guarantees. That's at least three months of age.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:02 am 
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Thks m8
will keep them inside then .
At how old do they not need their mother anymore ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:07 am 
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If it's warm at night, then they are ok from a month of age. If it's cool then sometime later.


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