i have a few questions. i hope you guys could help me out.
1- WINTER IS COMING. i live in Islamabad (Pakistan) and its 16C here already! How harsh a winter can peacocks tolerate?
Nights are harsher here, My 2 1/2 year old peas roost on their perches out in the pen. they rarely go inside their coop, only when it rains. If we forcefully usher them in, they come back out.
which brings me to the fact that when it rains at night, they stay on their perches and get wet. especially in this winter (raining a lot), will they get sick? what measures should we take?
we feed them half a boiled egg each the morning after though.
2- FEED. we used to feed them chicken feed from a local shop here. someone told us not to since there are some things in it that may harm the peacocks. And there are no one here who makes feed for exotic bird around here. since then, we have been feeding them cracked corn, pearl millets, oats and wheat grains all together as the feed.
Anyone here may suggest a homemade feed recipe? anything else we should add?
3- FREE RANGE: My peacocks are pretty familiar with our home (or their home ) and we let them out for three four hours everyday (except wet days) to scavenge. there are plenty of greens and bugs and insects here.
I wa wandering, should we give them something a little extra for the winter?
4- DOG FOOD: i heard they love dog food as a treat? should we get some?
5- PTSD: Do peacocks suffer from any post traumatic stress? i have one who suffered from blackhead back in june. he seems quite shy since. Seems like he cant think clearly and gets frightened when we even come inside the coop. he used to be quite a fighter before
he was fanning a few days ago and seemed like he couldnt balance himself on his feet. should i take him to a vet?
I will post his photo in the next message.
They get crazy for garlic! is it normal?!
7- i have a peachick. three months. someone gave her to us. she eats everything mind you! like, everything! she's always hungry!
anyways, how do i make her and them familiarized without them pecking her ( which hasnt really happened yet, only once maybe, they seem to be quite understanding towards her).
8- FEATHERS: is it okay if a peacock is shedding feathers at this time of the year? They both are getting their eye-feathers out! but one of them shed about six small feathers during the night (i saw beneath his perch place) is it okay? normal? is he like cutting off his old feathers or something?
these are all the questions for now.
Apologize for the long message.
will appreciate all the help