Hello. I am new to this. I often read forum posts trying to learn how to best care for my chickens, turkeys, and peafowl. This and a healthy relationship with my feed store staff has kept me from panic on more than one occasion. I am not a farmer, rancher, or any kind of well educated person when it comes to farm type animals. We have a little bit of land so we started with a few backyard chickens for the eggs. Then through a crazy series of events and my reckless enthusiasm for helping every creature I see, I end up with 12 Turkeys, 9 hens, a Rooster, a peahen & peacock. Generally the chickens and turkeys are no problem. We have an easy and trusting relationship based on my consistent feeding schedule. My problem is with the peafowl. I don't know if I'm doing right by them. My peahen came first. She was found, if you can believe it, in a Wal-Mart parking lot next to a spaghetti bowl of freeway intersections. We built her an aviary and I had to hand feed her for several weeks until we could get a peacock companion because she was deteriorating rapidly. She's ok, skittish, but not unapproachable. My peacock, however, is so fearful that he will hurt himself trying to get away from us. The only reason he is still here is because of the peahen. If it weren't for her, I would have lost him the same day we brought him home. So, last night, we're out giving penicillin injections to the birds for an outbreak of pox on my turkeys. I've been treating the sores topically, but my feed store adviser suggested I give all birds the penicillin so that they can fight off any possible infections etc... My husband's attempt to catch and hold the peacock resulted in a ton of lost feathers and a bird so stressed out that he hid all night wedged between a wall and dog house where no one could reach him. He was so stressed; we did not try to complete the injection we just left him alone to calm down. Now I am so stressed about his distress that I'm wondering if I'm doing more harm than good by trying to keep peafowl. He's out this morning and did eat my bread & fruit peace offering, but is pacing the aviary looking for a way out. His feather loss was so extreme I worry if he can even fly. How am I supposed to handle these powerful birds if they need medical care? Or should I find them a more experienced owner? I don't care about having a beautiful lawn ornament; I only want what is best for them. Sorry if this is too long for the forum.