They are so sweet and gentle. Aside from gorgeous birds they are my number 1 choice breed.
Sudden death strikes again. I went out to feed today and my rescue peafowl pair were both dead, lying there cuddled together. Neither has appeared ill. I checked them for mites, signs of respiratory infection, weight loss--nothing. The only thing that I could think of is that they got hold of some bad feed, but seems that others would have gotten into that also, unless they found some that had spilled behind something and had spoiled.
I couldn't keep them for a necropsy; no way to get them to someone on a Saturday and I don't have refrigerator space for peafowl. Enjoyed them while I had them and will miss them, but I guess that's life on the mini-farm. I once had a peahen die while I was feeding--just fell off the roost.
I'm keeping an eye on everyone else, but all seem okay.
Oh no, I am so sorry to hear. They sure are not the easiest to keep. So far my pair are ok but I still have not let them free range. I may not ever release them, just give them a larger area to live in. Peas are a real challenge to keep.