Ravit, a friend/neighbour/fellow mum of 3 boys, brought me a present yesterday. She often brings me boys’ clothes (her boys are older than mine), and I give her chicken and quail eggs in return. But this was a different kind of present.
The school her oldest son attends has peafowl roaming the grounds (I know!! Wow!!) and the boy, being an animal lover, watched a peahen incubating her eggs for the last 2 weeks. Until she upped and left. Ravit’s son, worried, waited a day and didn’t see the peahen coming back. So he collected the eggs and gave them to his mum, who gave them to me, knowing I have an incubator.
I was incoherent with delight. Peafowl eggs!! That is something I didn’t think I would see until next year, maybe. Our two peahens are too young to lay. The eggs were huge, bigger even than our muscovy duck eggs. I candled them and it looked like three had developed, but I couldn’t say for sure if they were alive.
Anyway, into the incubator they went!! They have been in there for a day now. I candled them again this morning and I’m glad to report at least two of them are alive!! I’m not sure about the third, and the fourth one looks clear. It would be wonderful if peachicks actually hatched from these eggs. The only thing I am worried about now is… What will I do if only one hatches..? I will have to play the role of mother hen for months! I know! Maybe I will give it to Ravit’s son to look after! I feel a co-operation with this boy coming on this summer! 😀
Will report back in a few weeks’ time!!