Introducing new peacocks to my flock?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by C&Rman, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok when I penned my new BS peahen with my pair the boy beat the tar out of her for a week straight, then they become best friends, then lovers. And I am going to be getting a Silver Pied peacock and 2 India Blue peahens (all will be yearlings.) Will the males fight? I was thinking of building a pen next to theirs and put them in that, then into the big pen. Or should I just put them toghter and see what happens?
     
  2. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I see people with groups together, and I see people who keep them separated so it seems it can be done either way. I personally wouldn't pen boys together past a year or two if I didn't have to, because I wouldn't want to take the chance of someone getting into it badly. Free ranging is another story, where they'd have the space to move away from an aggressor. If you are going to have to put them together, I wouldn't just toss adults in together, I'd put them in visual range of one another first.
     
  3. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok that should be very easy to do! I have plenty of netting hanging over. I am going to build them a permant shelter, and possibly a new addition to their pen is 33'x30' I will probally add on another 35'x20' feet to the pen. I am going to get 2 IB peahens and a 4 year old Silver pied peacock [​IMG] The male I have now is 2 going on 3 years. So if I leave them penned next to eachother for a week or two. Hopefully things should go smoothly
     
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I'm sure we'll all have fingers crossed! You'll have to post pictures of your news kids and let us know how it goes! [​IMG]
     
  5. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Best time for introducing new males is right after the males have molted their tails. Their aggression is lowest at this point. They will fight, at least to establish pecking order.

    Some males will be able to tolerate other males, as long as none of them try to upset the 'balance' of the pecking order. Some males, no way, never ever will tolerate another male. Ever.

    Another good way of introducing males into a flock is getting young males- yearlings or younger. More males tolerate these... and again, as long as the younger males don't challenge the older male(s), there can be a balance of sorts. But some young males DO eventually get saucy with age and try to fight their way up the dominance ladder, that will cause a big mess, especially if all are confined.

    Basically it's kind of you never know for sure until trying it. If it's possible to keep them separated, it's the best- no unpleasant surprises that way...

    Good luck and congrats on getting new birds!
     
  6. IndyBlue

    IndyBlue Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello my fellow peafowl friends.... I have a mating pair for almost five years.... One day Indy my male is gone!! I walked our entire property and asked around some of my neighbors! I have been told he left to go find a new hen????? I am going to get a pair of yearlings.... Not sure how Emmy is going to be with this??
     
  7. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    I suppose it is possible if he was ready to breed and she wasn't he may have been overcome by hormones and gone off in search of another hen. Usually though they will stay put as long as they have at least one hen at home. Is it possible that a predator of some kind might have spooked him and caused him to fly. It has been my experience that if they fly too far from the area they know they will often wander away. I think they learn their territory on foot at ground level and when they fly out of that known area they don't always know how to get back. Without a mate your hen may wander as well.
     
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