Male Peacock's Tail Feathers Not Growing Back

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  1. salmoore

    salmoore New Egg

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    Seven years ago, we had a male peacock adopt us. He lives in the backyard and sleeps in one of our trees. He has molted and his tail feathers are growing back. However, I've noticed that on one side he's missing a considerable amount of new growth. His feathers are not growing back symmetrical. This is considerably different than other years. I'm not familiar with peacock and am worried. Any ideas about what could be causing this? Appreciate any advise and knowledge you can provide.
     
  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you post pictures?
    If he is missing a lot of feathers on one side, it is possible that he had a close call with a predator.
     
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  3. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A huge welcome to BYC we have been waiting for you,[​IMG].

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  4. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, pics or it didnt happen :). I am curious of his age, I usually see this in mal-nourished birds, older birds, or unseen damage. In all likelihood they will catch up in time and he should be ready for the big show. Keep us posted,[​IMG].

    Gerald Barker
     
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  5. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    That was my first thought as well, or he got tangled up in something.
     
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  6. salmoore

    salmoore New Egg

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    Thank you for your comments. I'll send pics. He ate and started roaming before I could take some this morning. I hadn't thought about predators as he mainly stays in my backyard (I live in the middle of Dallas-Fort Worth) and have secure fences. But he does visit our neighbors and one of our new neighbors has a dog that's gone after him.

    After I first posted, I looked at the calendar. He showed up eight years ago and he was an adult then. I'm not sure his exact ago or how long peacocks live. Think he's at least 10 or 11. Appreciate everyone's comments and will post pictures as soon as possible. thanks
     
  7. salmoore

    salmoore New Egg

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    It was cold this morning so he came back to sit under the heat lamp. The other side of his tail has a full complement of feathers. Appreciate any advice
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  8. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    It could be that they are just slower to come in in that area. I have a three-year-old Opal BS that has an area about a foot from the base with no eye feathers. The new ones are evident but just haven't caught up with the rest. They could have been slowed down by the extreme cold spell we had a few weeks ago and affected his food intake.
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    How long is the heat lamp on? Have you changed the hours the heat lamp is on?
     

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