Hi everyone! I'm the proud new keeper of a peacock and peahen. But I could really use some sound advice.
They're just under 2 years old and came from a farm where they were free range. The gal who them to me suggested I keep them cooped up for about a month together with a few of her chickens. (There are 3 older hens and a young rooster.)
I only have a small coop, not a big barn. I feel like they hate being with the chickens. They were here about 2 weeks, then ran off last Wednesday when I left the door open too long. Great news is, they've been found!! They've taken to someone's yard not far away. I'm so glad they're safe.
HOW DO I GET THEM BACK HERE? I'd love to hear any suggestions and personal experiences. Animal control did not have any helpful suggestions, other than I can call them for transport.
I've also now moved the chickens to a separate coop, so the peas will have their coop to themselves when they return.
HOW LONG SHOULD I KEEP THEM COOPED UP BEFORE LETTING THEM OUT AGAIN? Weeks, months? I'm in NJ and we're going into winter.
Any advice on transitioning them to being free range again? I'd love to keep them happy enough to not run away again.