My Peacock died -- should I worry about my hens?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Denise Romaneck, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Denise Romaneck

    Denise Romaneck Hatching

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    My husband and I bought a ranch two months ago and inherited a beautiful Peacock, George, and two peahens. They have been here for several years and stay very close to the house, but I am new to peafowl guardianship.

    Unfortunately a service technician was at the house yesterday and as he was leaving ran over and killed my peacock. Needless to say I am very upset and can't stop crying.

    But now, I'm worried about my two remaining peahens. Will they be ok without George? Will they try to leave during mating season to go find a mate? Should I introduce another male? An adult? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.

    P.S. I'm completely heartbroken over George's death.
     
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  2. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Free Ranging

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    Awe. Sorry to hear about your peacock. That is truly sad. I'm sure someone will be by soon to answer the question in regards to the hens.
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    Welcome to BYC. So sorry for your loss. Do you have an enclosure that you could use if you were to get another male?
     
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  4. Denise Romaneck

    Denise Romaneck Hatching

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    Yes I have an enclosure.
     
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  5. Ruralhideaway

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    So sorry to hear that, they are such cool birds.
     
  6. MrsMistyReal

    MrsMistyReal Enabler Premium Member

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    Welcome aboard to BYC family gr8 people tons of information, loads of fun, enjoy. With that said my deepest condolences for the loss of your feathered family member :hugs
    :welcome
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    I think it might be a good idea to get a new male and keep him locked up for several months so he'll be less likely to wander.
     
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  8. Denise Romaneck

    Denise Romaneck Hatching

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    Interesting ok. The enclosure is not that big.. about the size of a dog pen -- maybe 10 feet by 10 feet. The hens (and George) roosted in the tree in our front yard. But since a new male wouldn't know it's his new home yet, I would keep him in the enclosure so he knows he's being fed and the hens can visit him through the barbed wire?

    P.S. I appreciate the fast comments and condolences. Thank you.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    Can you make the enclosure bigger?
     
  10. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    I kept mine in a 10 x 10 for awhile. Wish I could recall how long.

    When you say barbed wire can you elaborate on the set up? Peacocks in my experience challenge fence. That would be bad.
     
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