Is it possible to find non-fertile male or neuter male peacocks?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Fluffy Peacock, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Fluffy Peacock

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    I do not want to breed babies. Any way to get a neutered male? If not, do males thrive well without females around?
     
  2. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could always get any colour male you want, then get charcoal hens, as they don't lay eggs. They are often available cheap, as they can't be used for breeding, but make good free rangers.
     
  3. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    yes you should be ok with any male on a charcoal hen

    apparently even if the charcoal hen which is very very rare does lay an egg is most likley going to be infertile

    only way to get a charcoal chick is the male to be charcoal and crossed with a hen that is split to charcoal
     
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  4. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Legg has several charcoal hens on his site for sale,,but at $125-$150 each for a non breeding hen,thats waay too much and not cheap in my opinion,since they are useless they should be free in my opinion.
     
  5. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    i dont agree they should be free as Legg would have raised and fed and housed them

    a small free is acceptable to cover those costs plus as a bird for entertainment a cost for it is fair as parrots are not used as utility but as a pet and can cost pluswards of $1000

    No more than $50 i would say
     
  6. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Legg's prices are not normal prices, even here in canada no one would pay close to that for most of his birds. I have a friend in NY with lots of charcoal hens from this year, even silver pied charcoal hens from this year and last year.
     
  7. 6littlechickies

    6littlechickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you seen the Legg farm? The time, effort, and energy his family puts into the business is tremendous. Also knowing what your getting and him most likely having it when everyone else doesn't is why he can get the prices. There are so many birds and varieties I am sure there is significant overhead so the prices would be more than from a hobby farmer or smaller business. I know lots of people who desire charcoal hens and often see them over $100 at auctions. Lots of people with a cock don't want a bunch of chicks running around, they just want a hen to keep the male there at their farm and give him a companion. Thus the charcoal hen serves the perfect purpose and they are pretty. Also the 1 yr and older charcoal hens seem to be desired by taxidermists. For breeders, you either consider them worthless for your purposes, or you are trying a project like nutrition supplementation to try to get eggs and fertility.
     
  8. Arbor

    Arbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not trying to downplay what he has, if you cant find it and you want it, you'll have to pay for it just like anything else. His farm has to be run like any other, a lot of intensive labour and a care for what you do which comes at a cost that has to be portrayed in his product. But I do have issues (I am not saying with legg) with breeders who cull animals to keep the prices high within a market to try and make those greedy few extra bucks. If someone is serious about a charcoal hen, send me your info and I'll have someone contact you who ships birds throughout the states, he hatched out plenty this year. As for the nutrition thing, I am attempting something next breeding season, but so far few people have been very outgoing as to say whether changing nutrition has proven to be an effective reversal of the egg laying/fertility issue. Resolution had posted some info, but so far no one has piped up to say if it works, even though what he says makes sense.
     
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  9. Never Mind, Got PM to work.
     
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