Hello, brand new here so please excuse and intrusion.
My Wife for years has wanted one/two peafowl(peacocks) for our property. We discussed and thought that it would be better not to at the time with a growing family and not enough time.
Well that was many years ago and as things go, my mother-in-law who live on a small farm near us with suburbia moving in around her discovered a Male hanging around her property last week, and after 3-4 days of him being around and not being afraid of one of our boys and eating her tomatoes she decided it was time for him to leave. So we got him into a large cage and brought him back to our 8ac in the woods of central NC.
When we first let him out he walked away, but we were able to corral him and walk him back. We now have him in a 6x6 pen on the ground outside and bring him into the garage at night.
So we have no idea where he came from, but it looks like he was treated well and is used to people. Maybe in the ~2yo range with only 12" tail feathers at this time, but the colors on his neck and back are bold and colorful.
We have been feeding him, chicken feed, cat food, some fruit(grapes and blue berries) and bread(he loves the wheat bread).
We would like to get him used to us and let him free range our area. Lots of trees, a pond, and a little bit of cleared area. Not a lot of tall weeds, but Black Snakes, foxes, Coyotes, hawks, and Owls. We thought keeping him in the pen during the day he would get used to the area as he paces the edges of the pen all day looking and inspecting everything. I suppose the highest part of the area would be our roof top for roosting, but I do have a 2 story barn under construction that's open and has some shelter from the wind and rain.
So I guess my question is am I doing anything wrong here? Before I go and build a more permanent pen, I'd like to see if he's going to stick around once we open his door. I've read 1wk to 3wk in a pen to get them used to the people/area.