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Darn wind!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Frosty, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built a pen for my peas in the yard using one of those temporary carport frames. I completely covered it with chicken wire, put on the canopy top that covered the top and back then attached ropes and anchored it down with one of those spiraled dog tie out stakes on the two sides. Every thing was fine... until Wednesday. We had sustained winds of 31 mph and they said the gusts were 47 mph (as measure about 15 miles away from here...). I think the winds here may have been a bit higher, it actually moved my hoop house and I never saw that happen before. After I saw that the hoop house moved, I figured I should check on the peafowl. I went into the yard to find their shelter on end reating against a pine tree, the two peacocks wandering in the yard, and no sign of my peahen. I walked over to see if I could get the boys into the dog pen, not covered but I figured it would possibly at least keep them in the yard. My three year old decided to fly up and over my head and fly away.

    DH and I got the cover off of the shelter and got it out of the tree, then moved it back to where it was. We came into the house in time for the phone to ring, a neighbor calling to tell us that there was a peacock in their yard. It was the male, and I was able to herd him home. I searched, but no sign of the peahen.

    About 5 hours later I looked out to see her walking across the driveway and back into the yard. DH and I were able to walk slowly behind them and herd them back into their pen. It was a major relief to have them home and locked back up!

    On another note, I have had a few people stop by to tell me how much they enjoy seeing my peafowl out there. I guess that would explain the increase in traffic on the road that runs along my yard...
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I am really happy that you got your birds back safely. [​IMG]
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you... I am sure you can imagine how thrilled I was!

    What really had me nervous was that on Tuesday there was somebody from the state here to test my birds for AI, and the peas were less than impressed with the whole process so I was afraid they would be more spooked. AI test one day, their house blow away the next... free for the first time in their lives... it all went better than I could have hoped for. These guys aren't extremely tame, but fortunately they are used to me being around them.
     
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Glad you found them!
     

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