3-4 Month Old Peacock - How long to keep Penned?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by ICanSpeakChicken, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. ICanSpeakChicken

    ICanSpeakChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    My friend has just purchased a young peacock from an auction, we dont have an exact age but it is estimated between 3 and 4 months old according to the breeder who sold him.

    My question is how long does he need to be penned before he can be let out into the backyard to forage and know that he has to return to the pen at night? I know for adults it can be 6 months or longer, what about for younger ones?

    I wanted to add that this chick has not had previous contact with people, he was raised totally free range by people who have a pair that breed on their farm.
     
  2. ICanSpeakChicken

    ICanSpeakChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone that would know??

    Deerman or one of the other experienced breeders?
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    3 month, now do you have any other birds .....if not he will roam till he finds some, even if other type of birds like chicken.

    all way a risk of releasing a single bird
     
  4. ICanSpeakChicken

    ICanSpeakChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou Deerman,

    Yes. He is in with a couple of bantams, who free range during the day and return to the pen at night, he was also told to clip his flight feathers which we have done.

    My friend bought the bird to be a beautiful enhancement for his garden, hoping it will stay around without a female present...
     

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