An unexpected guest...has been caught...

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by jeffkerle65, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a surprise the other day when I went to feed my chooks. A male peacock was in with my laying hens. WOW [​IMG]I couldn't believe my eyes
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    He seems to be only a young bird, just starting to colour up. He has no tail feathers.
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    He hangs around with the hens & serenades them & the rooster chases him away. He doesn't harm them. He stays in the yard over night when the chooks are locked up. I through a couple hands of feed to him of an evening. I think he has made himself at home.
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    He just roams around free, I don't know there he came from. He's not tame can't catch him or get him into the hen house.
    I'm not worried he doesn't hurt anything. It's nice to have him around.
    How old are they when they start to grow tail feathers? Don't know much about them.
     
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  2. doudini2

    doudini2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice surprises!! I would love to have peacocks randomly roam my place:)
    I have only one but he started growing feathers pretty soon, like year and half.. I think this could also be a peahen, since the lack of tail...
    If he's a male I wonder is he wants to have fun with the chickens...my house peacock fell in love with a toy christmas tree and has been in love with it for 5 years now. So they do have a "drive" for sure. I read some stories here that peacock will go after other birds..
    Enjoy...
     
  3. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes he parades around the chickens with his tail raised up in a fan. If he gets to close to the chickens the rooster
    starts to chase him. He fan up at the cat & the cat didn't know what was going on. It seems like they are playing
    a game when you sit quietly & watch them, funny & good to watch.
     
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  4. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    He's a pretty boy! [​IMG] Less than a year old - they don't get a full train until they are 3-ish.

    Did you try to find his owners? People get really attached to their peas and someone might be missing him...
    If you keep him, you might think about finding him a girlfriend! [​IMG]
     
  5. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I left a notice at the corner store & at the post office. If no one claims it with in a couple months I will keep it & then get a peahen for him.
    Just see what happens.
     
  6. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Good! Well please keep us posted about how he's doing and ask us any questions! And don't forget to post pictures, we love them here in Pea Land...
    And of course,

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  7. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is how I ended up with a peacock, too! Almost 2 months have gone by and no one has claimed him and he hasn't gone back to wherever he came from. Congrats on surprise peafowl! :)
     
  8. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think people buy them & don't know how to care for them or feed them or have other birds or chickens to keep them company. When you buy them you should keep them confined in a pen or cage for about 3 or so months so they become territorial & don't roam.
     
  9. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankfully, I was already constantly referring to this site for all my chicken questions (I started tending chickens last October after a rooster showed up on my grandparents' front porch & no one claimed him) & that made answering my questions about my mystery peacock & the 2 peahens I bought last month much easier. I'm waiting for an emu to show up out of nowhere next year to finish the size scale of birds! ;)

    I was very surprised no one has claimed the peacock yet. That seems like a bigger investment than a rooster from what I've read on here. I'm surprised every morning that he's out there waiting for me to feed him; catching him is not an option, so I just let him roost wherever he wants. Much more diligent with the peahens & do keep them penned most the day & for the nights, as you mention.

    I would love to hear more from the OP about how they're getting on with their mystery peafowl!
     
  10. jeffkerle65

    jeffkerle65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Over the past week I fed my guest & lured him into the pen & caught him. So I took him in to show the misses.
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    They are a very powerful bird. He takes a fair bit to hold. I don't think he liked being caught. Since I caught him
    he is very weary & keeps his distance. I got to get his confidence in me again. It will take time.
     
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