We've been keeping chickens for a few years now but are quite new to peafowl. We have two peacocks, both brothers from the same hatch. We got them about 6 weeks ago and were told they were one year old but I think they my be slightly older, as they are already starting to call and are bigger than the peahens.
We got our two peahens from a different breeder, both sisters from the same hatch. We got them about two weeks after we got the peacocks. We were told they will be one year old in June.
They have settled really well and are fantastic birds. At first we were worried that the cocks were picking on the hens but they are all getting along very well now and seem very happy together in their new home. They are all indian blue.
We are having trouble telling them apart. One of the peacocks has slightly more feathers in his crest and tail, but that may change as they continue to grow. He is slightly friendlier too, but that may also change. We can't tell the peahens apart at all.
Is there anyone who has kept peafowl for a long time that might know of some tricks for identifying individuals? Are there any subtle marks or anything that can differ from bird to bird? Ideally something permanent so we will always be able to use it to tell them apart.