There are three options to incubate the eggs:
- natural incubation through the peafowl hen
- incubation with a chicken hen as foster mother
- or artificial incubation (additional information for artificial incubation)
In general, the animals need a balanced diet and be free of internal and external parasites. Only healthy animals also lay good and viable eggs.
Peacock hens are hatching the eggs generally safe and reliable. The requirement is that you can provide them a secure and reasonably undisturbed hatching place.
However, there are many breeders who hatching the eggs in an incubator. But this happens mostly to increase the number of chicks, because if you take away the eggs the hens are laying much more than they lay 5-6 eggs. In case of artificial incubation you have to ensure that the incubation temperature is not too high, otherwise there is danger that the chicks will have deformities of the feet after the eclosion.
After eclosion of the chicks it is important to consider some issues otherwise many chicks and young animals will die soon. In the first weeks of their life, the chicks are very sensitive to cold and wet conditions. Therefore you must ensure that they do not freeze or getting wet.
We have seen that old, experienced hens do know exactly what they can expect of the chicks. As soon as the weather is too bad for the young, they disappear immediately with their chicks into the protective cot. Once the chicks freeze in the outlet, they notify it and then the hen put them immediately under their warm wings. But that should not rely on it in all cases, especially when you have a young inexperienced and overstrained hen.