Looking because my peahens died unexpectedly and my boy has been calling for her.
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Hello and !
Sorry to hear about your poor peagirls and your lonely peaboy...
May I ask, do you know why your peahens died? Illness or predator? If it was illness you may want to consider getting to the bottom of the problem before introducing new birds into an environment where they might become ill as well.
That being said, have you checked these people out?
Also, @Blue Creek is in central New York and has gorgeous birds of all kinds, although this looks like quite a long drive for you.
Best of luck!
So sorry for your loss
Can you tell us how long you had them? Any health history? Worming? Any symptoms that you noticed or off behavior? How old were the hens? How's your boy holding up? How long ago and far apart did the hens pass?
The craigslist ad comes up when I access the forum on my phone, but not on my computer -- something with the settings, I think. Try copying the link and pasting it into a new browser window. That's what I have to do for any links in BYC to outside stuff if I'm on the computer, otherwise it just opens another copy of the BYC window that I'm in.
I got the Craigslist add to work and we have asked him before.
Thank you so much for the help everyone!
So glad your boy is doing okay!
And so sorry that you lost your hens.
The part that is worrisome is that 3 years old is much too young for healthy peahens to die in their sleep or otherwise of natural causes (it's not old age). The lifespan of a peahen is much longer than that. At three, a peahen is really just settling into full breeding age, and should live a decade more, or even longer. For a peahen to die at 3 years old, there had to be some illness or disease mechanism or worms or some other causative factor. Three year-old hens don't "just die" unless something is wrong.
What makes it hard for us pea owners is that oftentimes the signs of illness in a bird are so subtle, and the bird works so hard to look totally normal, that we never see the illness, or only discover it when the bird is on the point of death.
The bottom line is that your boy may be at risk, and any new birds you bring in may similarly be at risk. It is totally worth it to spend some time trying to sort out what led to the strangely early demise of your hens. There's lots of folks here who know quite a bit about peafowl and would be glad to help. No one is going to be critical -- we all know how hard it can be to figure out a bird is ill and what the cause may be.
It's super strange that she just died.
I hope we can get to the bottom of this and find my boy a new girl!
Can you tell us what you were using for worming, and how you were using it? Some of the ways that used to be recommended don't work as well as they should (or once did). Sometimes peas die of worms even when they have been "wormed" according to the older recommendations.
Also, the hen that just died.... had she been laying at all? Had your either of your hens been laying when the first one died?
What kind of conditions do they live in as far as housing and pen space?
I agree, it will really be helpful to figure this out if we can.