Does anyone out there have an opinion on letting Peacock and his hen out??

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by postalpoultry, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. postalpoultry

    postalpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,
    I have a beautiful Peacock and his lady friend. I have had them for about 1 1/2 years and have never let them out for fear of loosing
    them, in one way or another.
    Now that I have the predator problem under control (as much as one can) I would love to have them roaming around the yard as I see
    others do but I have some questions.
    When ever I look up free ranging them everyone says "oh no don't let them out they fly much more than people think and they can easily jump a 6 ft fence, and they roam way to far.

    Does anyone have an opinion?
    Will they come back in to roost like the chickens?
    Thanks so much
     
  2. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In order to effectively answer the question, can you tell us if they are Green peafowl or India blue?

    Gerald Barker
     
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    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. postalpoultry

    postalpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info nchls school!
     
  5. postalpoultry

    postalpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Barkerg sorry about that they are indians & is there a big difference in the habits?? I'm always interested in learning THANKS
     
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  6. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, yes there is differences between the species, when it comes to Greens, the more pure they are means they are harder to raise and they do not free range well at all, pure Greens are squirrelly if you will and require bigger pens etc... But, since you have IB's you should be good to go when it comes to free ranging. Some things to consider, IB's are very loud, much louder than Greens but, this usually only lasts during the breeding season, like now. Also, adult males will attack other peas and will attack their reflections, so if you have windows, rims, hubcaps etc... Basically anything he can see his reflection in, he will do his best to destroy it. You already know about how bad their poo smells by now so beware of the porches. If you have outside pets like dogs or cats, I would start feeding them at night as the peas will fight them off for food, they love dry cat and dog foods. Having said all that, IB's will return to roost and probably wont go to far away but will return and hang around. They are great pets for the yard, very curious and social free ranging will do them good. Open the pens and let them walk out on their own and leave the pen open as they will likely return to roost there for a while. I hope I covered your questions and keep us posted on how they are doing.

    Gerald Barker
     
  7. postalpoultry

    postalpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh My Goodness!! My kids are right I must have absolutely no sense of smell left LOL I've never noticed their poo but with all the animals around here probably would go unnoticed.
    You know now that you said that about the fighting I'm not to sure I CAN give them free range, my peacock has a rooster that he hates (just that one out of several LOL) and he's a tiny lil guy that I'm crazy about. Maybe I should just build them a yard off their own? Everyone says they are loud (and they are!) but mine rarely make much noise just once or twice a day or if my son in law comes over (they hate him LOL)

    Thank you so much for the info
     
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  8. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He probably wont hurt the rooster but will establish is dominance in his territory. As for the vocals, he might be only calling a couple of times a day now but, it will get worse trust me in fact, when he's in full swing every time he hears anything, he will call. Its music to my ears, I love it as all pea lovers do.[​IMG]

    Gerald Barker
     
  9. postalpoultry

    postalpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for your help Gerald
    I still haven't been able to make myself let them out, I would just die if something happens to them!
     
  10. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get your courage up and let them out for a short while and monitor the situation. You will able to get them back into the pen as long as you keep feeding and watering in it and, they will call you the coolest pea owner yet.[​IMG]

    Gerald Barker
     

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