One of the most fascinating aspects of peacock breeding is the opportunity to hatch their eggs. However, successfully hatching peacock eggs requires careful attention to their unique incubation requirements. In this article, we will guide you through the essential steps and provide valuable insights to maximize your chances of successfully hatching peacock eggs.
Egg Collection and Selection
When collecting peacock eggs for incubation, it is crucial to handle them with care. Gently gather the eggs and avoid shaking or rotating them excessively. Inspect each egg for signs of cracks or deformities, as damaged eggs are less likely to hatch successfully. Ideally, select eggs that have a regular shape and intact shells for the best chance of hatching.
A reliable incubator is the foundation for successful peacock egg hatching. Look for an incubator that provides consistent temperature and humidity control. Ensure the incubator is clean and sterile before use. Maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels is essential for healthy embryo development. Peacock eggs typically require a temperature of around 99-100°F (37-38°C) and a humidity level of 45-50%.
Place the peacock eggs in the incubator with the pointed end facing downwards. This orientation facilitates the embryo’s development and prevents the potential for hatching difficulties. It is advisable to mark each egg with an ‘X’ on one side and an ‘O’ on the other to help identify any potential rotations during incubation. Rotating the eggs daily, three to five times, helps prevent the embryo from sticking to the shell membrane.
Temperature and Humidity Management
Consistency in temperature and humidity is vital throughout the incubation period. Use a reliable thermometer and hygrometer to monitor the incubator’s conditions regularly. Maintain the temperature within the recommended range, making slight adjustments as needed. Adequate humidity prevents the eggs from drying out and facilitates healthy chick development. Mist the eggs with lukewarm water if the humidity levels drop below the desired range.
Peacock eggs typically require an incubation period of approximately 28 to 30 days. Regularly check the eggs for signs of development, such as darkening of the shell and the presence of veins when candling. Candling involves shining a light through the egg to observe the internal changes. Remove any infertile or non-viable eggs promptly to prevent the spread of bacteria and fungal growth.
As the hatch day approaches, the embryo becomes more active within the egg, producing audible peeping sounds. It is important not to intervene during this stage unless necessary, as interfering with the hatching process can harm the chicks. Allow the chicks to break through the shell independently. Once hatched, provide a warm and safe environment, free from drafts and predators.
After hatching, the chicks require a nurturing environment to thrive. Maintain a brooder temperature of approximately 95-100°F (35-38°C) for the first week, gradually reducing it by 5°F (3°C) each week thereafter. Provide clean water and a balanced diet consisting of high-quality chick starter feed to support their growth and development. Ensure the brooder is spacious enough to accommodate the growing chicks comfortably.Peachicks should stay inside until they are the size of a chicken as they cannot
cope with the cold and wet.
It is important to feed the chicks on a good quality game chick crumb. Start
them on super fine game chick crumb for the first two weeks moving gradually
onto Game chick crumb after two weeks. Mix the two grades of feed together for
a few days.
Conclusion: Hatching peacock eggs is a rewarding endeavour that requires proper knowledge and careful attention to detail. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can increase your chances of successfully hatching peacock eggs and nurturing healthy chicks. Remember to maintain optimal incubation conditions, monitor the eggs,
If you would like to hatch some peachicks, visit our egg shop http://www.peacocksuk.com/shop or call Sussanne on 07711119888.
Peacock eggs available April to August each year, we cannot guarantee fertility or hatching and refunds and exchanges will not be given.