I live in Central Missouri and for several years we have talked about adding peafowl to our little family. Currently the only birds here are my parrots, two African Grey and one Blue Quaker. I have been around many different parrots and hand fed a few. My husbands first job as a young man was cleaning the chicken coops in his family's rather large egg supplier business. I believe it damaged him; He refuses to have a chicken on our little ten acre tract of land. :-) He seems amenable to the peafowl in a free range situation.
We want to start with Indian Blues, perhaps a Cock and two or three hens. We have a small building, that use to house three pygmy goats when the weather turned bad, We can run fence around it to get them use to us and then we can turn them loose. I would continue to feed and treat from that area so I could get hold of them if I need to in the future.
My biggest question is, "What is the best age to start with? Chicks, mature adults, or yearlings?"
They would be the only birds we owned until we get the pond dug, then we will add some ducks, that is down the road a bit. I have read everything I can on feeding, illnesses, free ranging, and we have a huge supplier less than an hour away.
I would love for everyone to put forth their opinion on getting started and if you have favorite web sites with information, please point me me in that direction.
We really don't have intention of breeding to sell, we just love the idea of them being here. We like birds!
So thanks in advance for any bits of wisdom you have to share.
Marietta in MO