First of all, this is 100% my fault. I should have known after raising Peep that you don't take peachicks outside when it is getting late unless if you want to be stuck trying to get them to fly down from something. Well...I took Raptor, the Imperator and Flip Flop, the IB split to white outside later than normal because I felt bad that I hadn't been able to take them out yet today.
Raptor flew up onto the house and I was trying to get him down. I saw him eyeing the chimney and of course he flew up onto the chimney and from there he flew out maybe 10ft off of the ground and very fast. He sure did soar and it was beautiful but at the same time I was very worried about getting him back. I thought he would land in the big grassy backyard, but no he made a curve and landed high at the edge of an oak tree surrounded by scuppernong vines. I took the bag of mealworms and shook it trying to entice him down. Unfortunately he is not very food motivated compared to Flip Flop. Every now and then I got a little hopeful as he would shift up on the spindly little branch or I would hear him make a noise. Poor Flip Flop was crying for him back at the peachick pen. Unfortunately it got darker and darker until I decided to come back inside. Raptor is spending the night in the tree. I am going to get up before daylight to be there when he flies down. At least we have a strip of woods on either side of us which should help prevent him from going over to someone's house.
I am very worried. I have had this happen before with an adult peahen that flew way off and I didn't see where she landed to roost and she was back the next morning pacing to get into the aviary. Of course that was not a green peafowl though.
I don't want to take away his outdoor privileges all together. I truly believe it was my mistake of taking him out too late and I don't think I will have to worry about him doing something like that when it is not late in the day.
I was thinking about getting up at 5:00 AM. I even considered sleeping outside near the tree, but I guess that might be too excessive...
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