I Left The Pen Open to See What Would Happen

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by MinxFox, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello everyone I am very busy with college these days but I found myself really needing to talk about peafowl so here I am to tell you all about something I tried recently...

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    So right now I have nine peafowl:
    Males: Alto, Peep, Frosty, Crooked Beak, Unnamed boy.
    Females: Damsel, Ice, Shyanne, Snow White.

    Last week I decided to rake some of the leaves out of the pen so I had the door open and I was thinking about just leaving the door open. Peep, who now looks very silly with a short tail and a very short train, was the first to step out. I let Peep out sometimes so that was not a big deal, but then Ice, who was the first peahen I ever owned and also the first I ever free-ranged stepped out. I started wondering if I should allow that because when I free-ranged Ice a few years ago she ran away and I had to go catch her in the backyard of a very nice house. I decided that that was so long ago and Ice is a lot tamer now so I allowed her as well as everyone else to leave the pen. Yes I let all 9 of my peafowl walk out the door but I have come to trust them a lot and I found myself not really worried. They all stayed within a few feet of the door just eating grass and weeds. One of the white peahens was jumping on the metal cans I keep their food in. The two yearling males did some displaying and even Peep did a little display. All of the peafowl were having a good time except for Alto, the leader of everyone. Alto would walk out of the pen a few feet then turn around and walk back into the pen and pace the fence looking out at the other birds. I am wondering if he considers the pen his territory and he doesn't want to leave his territory or something. He literally stayed in the pen most of the time. I wanted to see if I shook a can of food while standing in the pen if they would all come inside the pen for food but none of them did. They were too busy enjoying all the yummy plants. Eventually I walked out and got behind Ice and Damsel and they merged with a group of 2 or 3 more birds and all I had to do was walk slowly behind them with my arms out to kind of steer the group and once they got within a few feet of the open pen door they walked in on their own. The yearling boys were being a bit more harder to control as they started walking down the side of the pen, and then I realized Peep was missing so I started calling for him and whistling. I started herding the yearling boys back into the pen and Peep showed up so I got the yearling boys in and by that time it had started raining and Peep flew on top of part of the pen that is covered in a tarp. For some reason my tamest bird is also the hardest to get back into the pen. Go figure! So Peep is on the tarp and I can't get him down. Well he slips on the side of the tarp and he jumps onto a plank of wood sticking out of the small pen so I put my arm out and he puts a foot on my hand and then I get him to sit on my arm so I can carry him back into the pen. He has gotten pretty good at letting me do that and he doesn't flap. I never pick him up I always have him step onto my arm. You avoid getting big scratches if you let him just jump onto your arm. Anyways for some reason he wasn't very well balanced on my arm like he normally is and now that his spurs are sharp they were poking into my arm so I got a tiny cut from that but nothing major. I like being able to have such a large bird on my arm especially without a glove on. I really hope he lets me do that when he has a full train. I will definitely want a photo of that!

    Anyways I was very happy that it was not that difficult to let them all out and get them all back in so I think I should do that every now and then for some fun stimulation for them.
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Teaching them to herd is the best thing you can do when first letting the peas out that way later on they will be easy to get them back from where you do not want them.. it is so much fun to have them free, I have learned so much about them because they are always around.. I love the babies they are so much more fun than my first peas.
    Don't forget to post some pics.

    PS WE HAVE MISSED YA!
     
  3. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I have missed everyone too!

    I was thinking about you when I was herding them back into the pen. [​IMG]
     
  4. little blue

    little blue Chillin' with my Orps

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    Awwwww I remember peep when you were posting pictures of him when he was younger! He was so cute!
     
  5. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Hope college is going good for you and your family is doing well. I have had to go to Sacred Heart the last coupla days for my brother in law and on the way over one day thought about how fun it was to meet you, see Peep and all your birds. Goldilocks and the boys are doing fine here. I too think of you Zaz when anyone mentions free ranging or letting their birds out for a stroll. [​IMG]
     
  6. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    He was a little cutie. He still acts pretty cute. I try to feed him treats and all he wants to do is peck at my fingers to get me to pet him. I need to make a video about Peep.

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    College is going pretty well. This year is busy (I have a few classes that have quizzes every time we meet) but it isn't that bad. For me college is easier than high school. I am going to take a class that helps you pick a major next semester because I am still not sure what major I want. I have a lot of interests and I want to find something to do for a living that will be fun and able to support my peafowl addiction. It was great meeting you and talking about birds. Goldilocks's brother and sister are doing well. Her brother Frosty is growing his first train very quickly and I told him today not to get it dirty. Has Goldilocks gotten tamer around you and is she teaching the peacock to be tamer?
     
  7. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Yep she is very tame. The boy with her is almost the same. Alots been going on so i havent been spending alot of time with any of my birds the last two weeks.
     
  8. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah some things have been going on here too. I hope everything will be alright. [​IMG]
     

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