Does anyone else's older peacocks lose their crest feathers?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Knix6468, May 30, 2011.

  1. Knix6468

    Knix6468 Songster

    May 25, 2011
    Gaston Oregon
    Our white bird named Verdel we got as an adult male about 3 years ago so my guess is that he is a minimum of 6 years old could even be 10+. He hasnt had crest feathers since we got him
    and I thought it was perhaps some accident or he picked them out or in his other flock he was picked on.

    Our oldest IB bird just this year doesnt have his crest feathers. He is at least 7


  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I have a 3 y/o White peacock, Romeo, he has crest feathers, I did notice a few were missing though. Is he molting? [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen
  3. MinxFox

    MinxFox Crowing

    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    You could have a bird that is pulling their crest feathers. Some peafowl will do that to others. For example if you see a pen of peafowl with all of them missing crest feathers but one has theirs then they are probably the one pulling everyone's crests off. I have even seen this with free-range peafowl in a local breeder's backyard.
  4. featherhead

    featherhead Songster

    Feb 1, 2008
    Kentucky, USA
    MinxFox has a good point. Peas often groom one another and it's really mesmerizing to watch. They gently peck each other's face, eyes and heads. It's almost like a ritual. My oldest male is around 20 and has a real sorry-looking crest this year. There are only 3 feathers and they grow out at weird angles. (Kinda looks like he stuck his toe in an electrical socket.) Anyway, I strongly suspect this was caused by another bird pecking his head. Every now and then, one will ambush another while they are eating from the feed tray. I suspect this male lost most of his crest before I separated the males in early March.
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I have also seen some scrape them off by hitting sharp edges or beams in the top of a coop or roof.

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