How is the best way to estimate a peacoks age????

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Notachicken, May 17, 2009.

  1. Notachicken

    Notachicken New Egg

    Apr 9, 2009
    We bought 3 peafowl in the early spring. We were told we had a male (obvious) with a full tail and to peahens. We didn't really have a clue what we were doing. Turns out..... all 3 were males. One is has spurs a 1/2 long and loves to strutt. The other is just showing signs of spurs and does a lot of strutting if anything comes around . So how do we know the age??? We are going to sell/trade to 2 younger birds.
  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    How do you know the other two are males too? Just in case- females can and do strut & grow spurs.. although female spurs typically are very thin with a sharp point.. compared with a big oval and blunt tip on the males.

    If the younger two show a lot of barring on their wings/backs and a lot of blue on the necks, they're males, allright..
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    You have pics, yes peahens and even peachicks will display. And older peahens do get small spurs.

    males get their color at 2 yr. old with short train, 3 year the long train,
  4. shawnm2639

    shawnm2639 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodlake Ca
    Not much I can add but please send pics...there are a number of different types of peafowl...Indigo shoulder...white...spalding..etc. Mine when they start to color have green necks...hens. Indigo or blue necks ..cocks. But if they are under a year they will have a more solid color on backs...hens. and a checkered back when they are cocks. I have started to beable to tell when they are days old simply by looking at the wing markings. Of course I only observe the natural born until someone leaves eggs in a nest and I have to (Yes HAVE to) do a little interferring.

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