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One Lochaber resident had a lucky escape recently.
Raven, a peahen (female peafowl) from Corran, had been missing from her family home and owners Sally and Mike Fisher feared the worst.
After several days of searching at different times they found her settled at the side of a gorge in what Sally described as ‘a very strange place to nest’ as she would have needed to cross the water to get food and made life
very difficult for herself.
The family not only found Raven but three chicks and one unhatched egg that she appeared to still be waiting for. The rescue then followed by moving mum and chicks to the safety of the shed where they are all now doing well.
Sally explained: ‘Raven has laid about 20 eggs this year, often in silly places and then abandoned. These have been her first successful chicks that she is now rearing.’
Three of the earlier abandoned eggs were found and given to Martha, a Jersey giant chicken, who has taken to them well and is raising them as her own. The two mothers are teaching the chicks in their own unique styles and time will tell how successful these will be, as advice on peafowl rearing suggests that few survive into adulthood due to difficulty in learning to find food.
This brood has certainly had a rocky start but has thrived despite early difficulties, with the risk of pine martens, the cold and the precarious location of their first nest. They are showing that this is no ordinary family and will no doubt grow to display their full colours to the world in time.