My peacocks are M.I.A

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by jackrooster, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. jackrooster

    jackrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhh today i let my peacocks out for the first time since i got them witch was mabey 3 months ago......anyways, Sunday nights are pizza night at my house and all my cuzins and aunts and uncles come over for pizza and bring there dogs. sooooo i went out to put them in and they didnt seem to be scared and sooo i just walked behind them to kinda herd them in ......I almost got all the way to the barn with them and my peahen sproung up and flew away .......the male fallowed but went into a tree. We will up on a big hill, but do you think they will come back, i mean the male i can see but the female is M.I.A right now and im very worried? Will they come back do you think?
     
  2. oldiabird

    oldiabird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a peacock and peahen disappear for almost two weeks, had called around to the neighbors to let them know that if they saw them to let me know, finally got a call from aneighbor probably half a mile away that had went into a pole barn that the door had been open on, and he said that nobody had been down there for probably a month, and one of the guys went down to get something out of there and saw them, had fun catching them, brought them back home, but never was able to chase them back to the shed when they were left out in the spring, in fact I just let my 7 or 8 year old peacock out of the shed after being locked up with the chickens all winter and the next morning and this morning heard him sqauwk, meow, whatever you want to call it from his favorite tree perch, and thats where he'll spend his nights unless its going to get cold or rainy , otherwise, he won't come back inside except when he thinks I'm not looking when he sneaks back in th shed far adrink and some feed, so in answer to your question, I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep over it , because more than likely, they'll find a safe place, and eventually COME back, or not!!!!!! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    I bought a yearling pair a month ago and let them out for their first time a week ago. I let them out in the evening so they stayed fairly close. The next morning, I let them out with everything else. They were ranging pretty far...much farther than the chickens and the turkeys. I herded them closer a few times during the day. Well, evening came and I couldn't find them. I figured they found a good tree and this was it.. they were free ranging.

    The next morning I woke up to a PILE of peahen feathers. I followed the clumps to a spot on the driveway where several tail feathers were pulled but, it was right by our board fence leading out to the pasture so, in my imagination, I saw the dog chasing them and, at the last moment, they escaped down in the pasture and they were probably lost. We drove around to the farms and a few neighbors in town (our farm borders the little town) And, nothing...

    Next day, got a call from one of the folks downtown that the peacock was running around some backyards. We went and scooped him. Everyone thought the worst about the hen because it was her feathers everywere and now the male was alone. I still thought about how big those birds were and how strong and how they could fly and didn't think a dog could take them down very easily. I kept up hope but, it faded after 4 or 5 days went by

    THEN, a fella drove up the drive and said a peacock had been roosting on his back porch for a few days and was wondering where it came from [​IMG] Now, they're happy and ALIVE together but, lost their free ranging rights for a few more weeks or more til I get some more courage.

    So, to the OP, they were not acclumated to their surroundings and do not know where home is. They have been known to "run with the turkeys" here where I live because when they get loose, the turkeys are the next best thing to a flock of peafowl. I would talk with everyone around you and make flyers like for a missing dog. I wanted to make some for mine but everyone made me feel goofy for thinking it... that she couldn't possibly be alive.

    They're big and strong and can fly... they're just out on the run. Good Luck [​IMG]
     

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