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Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by mr.mc., Jul 2, 2011.
I know that peachicks can fly at a young age, but how young are we talking?
Two years ego I had my first peachicks, I was so excited that I was making photos of them every day. The mother was great , she taught them and I learned a lot as well. She start flying lessons when babes were only 4-5 days old. You can see on a photo how she encouraged them to fly on nest cage . Peachecs were so stubborn and couple of times they went through the hole but mother walked them back into cage and called them from outside. It was so fanny, It took her nearly whole day.
Next day in the morning she removed straw from their cage and started again, it was much easier for them, so that night she flew to normal perch(90 cm high) and called them. One baby did it very well but a smallest one . I didn't expect them to sleep on a perch that night so I went there when mother called very loud and I found baby been able to jump only 30 cm high and exhausted, he even lost direction were he should be going to. So I quickly placed a ladder and even small one managed to get there even he never saw it before. Mother flew few times up and down to perch and stayed near the ladder. It was amazing. Next day was the next step - second perch (1m 60 cm high) The smallest one made it in a 3 stages- flew to first perch - jumped to mother's back and - flew to second perch. This is my happy story.
sweet thanks for the hellp tash66.
Yeah they pretty much hatch with flight feathers >.> So after a few days of drying and growing they can make some decent leaps.
TASH 66, neat story!
In wild at India the mother Indian Blue peahen is the teacher and she make her chicks to learn to fly, because there are jungle cats, tigers, Asian lions, Indian wolves, wild dogs, Asian bears, eagles, hawks which will eat the peachicks that refused to fly.
Mother nature ensure the peachicks are able to fly strongly at 7 days and able to climb the trees via branches, at their first day, etc 5-7 hours old, so they roost on higher branch, with mother peahen.
They growing the juvenile flight feathers and don't start to moult the innermost juvenile primary 1st until 4 weeks old.
Mother peahens are very carefully birds, because of dangerous meat-eating mammals, and when chicks are 2 weeks old, they are capable of fly upward to 8 feet, to branches.
The chicks have juvenile plumage they have at hatching day and immature plumage they will moult at 1 month old and the plumages are dull and similar to plumages of mother peahens, until 6 month-old when they moult to lst adult plumage, the moult goes slowly until completed at 18 month-old.
Peafowls are prey birds and they are fast to fly away from tigers. The trains of 1 & 2 years old peacocks, are shorter until about 26 month old which is likely age of shedding the short train & replace with new adult 100-180 c.m. train.
Quote:Wow, she moved the straw so they' d have to fly further, they are smarter than we give them credit for what a cool story and pictures.
My little ones are zipping all over the place. My 3 week old one flys to my arm as soon as I let him out and is almost impossible to dislodge because the second I take him off he flies back to my other arm He also flies up and grabs my hair (it is very long, past my waist) then uses it to flap up and climb to my shoulder.