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How to prepare for peafowl mating?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by mar013q, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. mar013q

    mar013q In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2011
    Hello! I have a peacock that is 15-20 years old. He was hatched by my grandmother's peafowl when I was a kid. Now my husband and I have inherited him and we got a 6 year old peahen for him a few months ago. When we introduced them he bowed when she was near him and never tried to be aggressive. We've been watching for any signs of mating and today he started. He's been displaying his feathers and dancing around her. She's been ignoring him for the most part. I've never had peafowl before and I really don't know what to expect. Will the peacock do this display and dancing for awhile (days/weeks) and then mate with her or do they typically mate soon? Our peafowl are in a large coop & run, do we need to do anything special for the peahen so she can lay eggs? Are there any other things I should prepare for if they mate and lay eggs?


  2. It sounds like he is doing his thing. You may never see them mate. I very rarely ever see the act but get many fertile eggs. Your only decision will be to incubate or let her do her thing. I have found two issues if you are going to let her sit on them. The first is that my birds have to have a nest area to sit If I do not provide some specific place to nest they will just lay everywhere and not sit. The second issue is to watch the male when they hatch.
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Well my first observation in their mating was as the male mounted he let out a call that sounded like one of those hand held air horns and it was a very short breeding session so ya could be missing it.
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    yes don't worry if you don't see them mate, i had many peacocks still just saw a few mate

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