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PEAHENS
 
 
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Noun 1. peahenpeahen - female peafowl                      
bird of Juno, peafowl - very large terrestrial southeast Asian pheasant often raised as an ornamental bird
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The Peahens obviously do not get the same attention as that of the male Peacocks.  However, I have found them to be an amazing bird.  They are incredible mothers who will sit on their nests for 28 days through inclement weather, leaving their nests sometimes only weekly for 15 - 20 minutes to eat, drink and defecate.  They are extremely protective of their nest and/or peachicks and are often killed by predators while trying to protect them.

It is not unusual for Peahens at Peacock Paradise to make another nest during the season if one has been disturbed or destroyed.  When this has been the case, I usually scoop up any remaining eggs and put them in the incubator.  The Peahen then mates again and subsequently makes another nest.  Last season, Cameo attempted 3 nests, finally producing 3 hatchlings which were eventually killed by an unknown predator.  The Peahens are very determined.

The Peahens teach the peachicks everything they need to know to survive.  They show them what to eat by pointing with their beak to food,  will always let them eat first, protect them from the other peacocks and teach them to fly up into the trees at night.  The Peahen keeps her young under her wings throughout the night in the trees and I have witnessed the peachicks literally climbing on their mother's back to switch places in the trees at night.  Such patience!
 
 






Look carefully and you will see Peahen (Sage) sitting on her nest.  See if you can find her eye and head.  Although she was well camouflaged, she abandoned her nest after being attacked in the middle of the night.  Her loud honking noises woke me and I jumped out of bed at 3am and rescued 4 of her 6 eggs,  all of which hatched in the incubator June 5th & June 6th, 2010.  As a result, she is still mating, so there is hope for her yet, even though it is late in the season.