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Finally (Parte Dos)

See how I worked in that little bit of Spanish there? 🙂

Would it sound awful if I confess that I had to google how to say ‘Part’ in Spanish (‘Two’ was totally not a problem – easy peasy, you might say)? I told my mom the other week that we really need to learn Spanish. Or well, I need to brush up on my a-little-too rusty high school Spanish and she needs to start from scratch. Spanish is a growing language in the US, after all, especially in our region. But the real impetus behind it is our new obsession with two particular television shows and a desire to be able to understand more than every fourth word without the aid of subtitles.

Grandma may be completely enthralled with Honey Boo Boo (seriously, she even has their book!), but mom and I like something a little bit different: Devious Maids (which I’ve mentioned before) and my personal favorite, The Bridge. I am dying to know who the killers are in both shows (probably not the best choice of words there, is it?). We have a little bet going on about our top suspects. Did you know, I’ve even gone so far as to watch the original Danish/Swedish version of The Bridge.

Anyways, that’s enough about that and on to what this post is really about. . . Peachicks!

In this post here (funnily enough entitled Finally 😉 ), I showed off the eggs that our peahens had finally (I feel like I’m repeating myself) begun laying after a delayed breeding season. I’ve been a bit of a procrastinator lately so this post is two weeks late, but the eggs finally (there’s that word again) hatched at the beginning of this month.

So, Mom brought the peachicks in from their brooder the other day for a little photo shoot:

This little guy decided the side of the box offered a better vantage point to oversee everything:
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My Little Woohoos.

Remember back in June when I knocked over the incubator full of guinea fowl and peafowl eggs (If you don’t, read Uh-Oh and Woohoo all in one day.)?

Well, none of the peafowl eggs made it, and only two guinea eggs were still developing at lockdown. One of those did hatch and we ended up with the prettiest little keet to add to the flock.

The camera made the keet look a little tan, but I’m thinking the color may be Porcelain.

All wasn’t completely lost with the peafowl because luckily I had placed a few eggs under a broody Pekin duck around the same time. That’s right, a Pekin duck. . . supposedly one of the least broodiest of ducks that there are. Well, obviously, our Pekins have never been told that because it’s been the year of the Pekins for us with at least four deciding to set on nests so far. 
Anyways, Juliana the duck was a fairly good broody for an unbroody breed and managed to stay on her nest for almost the full 28 days. But a few days before they were due to hatch, she apparently decided she’d had enough and decided to spend her time with the other ducks. I don’t blame her, who’d want to be stuck on a nest in this heat tending to eggs that aren’t yours when you could be lounging in a pool and flirting with the drakes. 
Not a problem, since the Brinsea 20 only had the two guinea eggs in it that were on lockdown and the pea eggs were supposed to be going on lockdown, too, a couple of days later. So, I grabbed them up after seeing that Juliana wasn’t going to return to her duties and stuck them in with the guinea eggs. And lo and behold, all four peafowl eggs hatched last week. The first two hatched (a pied and a blue) on Wednesday, while the other two decided to be stragglers and joined the world two days later.

The two stragglers pictured today at 4 days old. 

You know, Silkies are supposed to be great at incubating peafowl eggs, but I think Juliana has them almost beat. . . well, at least until she’d decided she’d done enough work and left them to me.

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First Peachicks.

I just wanted to share a quick picture of the first two peachicks to hatch out from our very own flock of peafowl. Aren’t they adorable? We’ve had a waiting list for them since before the eggs were even set, and these guys’ new owners have been super excited about them.

I have just one more picture to share:

This is a picture of a candled peafowl egg that is internally pipped (the lighter portion of the egg is the air cell). When I first started incubating eggs, I read about internal pipping and how you could see the shadow of the chick moving in the air cell. Even after studying tons of pictures, I still couldn’t imagine exactly what it would look like in person. Now I know that it’s so much more exciting to witness than any picture could portray. Definitely one of my favorite parts of hatching eggs.  
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Piper is two weeks old!

On July 25th, we had one peachick to hatch out of three shippped peafowl eggs. That was my second try at incubating peafowl eggs (the first time was a complete disappointment), and I’m so happy that we actually had one to make it. We named her Piper (actually, we’re not sure that she is indeed a she, but until we know different that’s what we’re going with). According to the really knowledgeable peafowl people on BYC, Piper is a loud pied.

Well, Piper is now two weeks old (and a few days), and my oh my, can she fly. We’ve brooded guinea keets plenty of times. They usually start flying very young, too, but Piper has even them beat. It’s amazing how different her personality is from other young birds we’ve raised (like chicks, keets, poults, etc). We can’t wait to see what she’s going to look like when she’s grown.

Piper at 2 weeks old.
Piper on one of her adventures.
Piper at a few days old.

Remy watching Piper hatch.