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Looking to get peacocks....

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by farmdude, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lady in my area has peacocks for sale. I've thinking about getting some, but know nothing about them other than they are beautiful and can fly well. I have a good sized enclosed pens attached ( 22x30 & 18x18) to my coop. Is it okay to house chickens and pea fowl together? I have some ducks & geese in there too. Do they eat the same feeds as other fowl or do they need something special? She said they need to be wormed occasionally? With what & how, & how often?? She is asking $150. or best offer for an adult pair. What would be a fair offer? Thank you for what ever advice you are able to give me.
     
  2. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    North Idaho
    awww that is sooo cool
    i wish i could get peacocks.. but its to muddy here [​IMG] and their tails would get all yucky and they would just be so unhappy..
    i think that is a reasonable price for them i think for an adult pair have you gotten to look at them make sure they are healthy
    no bugs for everything you see that you need to fix id drop the price 25$ and tell her why
    ex well they have mites and i will have to keep them in a seprate area and treat them for it..
     
  3. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Farmdude,
    You would love your peas.....

    I freerange some of mine & I love to see them out and about. I did pen them for about 6 months before giving the run of the farm....

    Please read some more peafowl posts on this forum before you decide how you keep them.
    Many will not keep them with chickens or turkeys. This is a post about that topic & worming:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7860963#p7860963

    I think it also has a link to Hopkins Livestock (if not do a ssearch for their site) for medications & worming them with Safeguard for Goats or Ivermect for cattle.

    Peas will need a protein level of about 20%, & some chicken layer feeds will have that.

    Good luck & post some pics when you get them. They are very cool & addictive!!
     
  4. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OldGal thought she wanted peacocks, too. That is until she found out how LOUD!! they are. Do some research.
     
  5. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know how loud they are [​IMG] that shouldn't be a problem. I live on a 4 lane high way that drowns out any noise. I will not be able to let them free range bacause of the road, would hate fore them to get hit as they like to roam and are good flyers.
     
  6. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the good advice and link!!
     
  7. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont think they are too loud!!
    But I do have about 80 acres and my neighbors are at least a 1/4 mile away- plus they dont mind.
    When we were in town, we were only 2 blocks or so from the train tracks that sent trains on it every hour or so. They are not as loud or annoying as that.
    We adapt to things as noise, but check with neighbors to se if they would mind, if they are close.
    A couple of peas will not be that loud.
     
  8. 6littlechickies

    6littlechickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Burton, OH
    They shouldn't be too loud, not just a pair. Also $150 for an adult set is very fair if they are healthy.
     
  9. blessedchick

    blessedchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you keep them from wandering away? I volunteer at a bird rescue and we "rescued" 3 peacocks from people's yards this summer, that were at least a mile from their homes...I would love to get some, but I'm wary about that wandering...[​IMG]
     
  10. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I kept my first group penned up until after breeding season (from jan until july) some keep them only 6-8 weeks penned ... I have some large and smaller trees and land for them to go around and forage. Plus I have some kept in a pen to keep them nearby. Although you never know if they might leave, food, forage, and protection-like trees-brush, other poultry, and what have you will more than likely keep them nearby.

    I think they are similar to chickens, in that, a group that is raised or presented together, will bond and stay together.
    Go ahead and get a pair and see how they do, if you have a pen to keep them for a time so they can get aclimated to your place-very important if you want to free range....

    Good luck- we are here for you if you need support!!!
     

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