Hi all, new to the BYC! been reading a lot here since last year when i acquired a 4 acre property that came with resident Peacocks, 2 males and 8 females. I decided to join because of all the useful information i was reading on here an decided to share my experience to learn and also may help another person in my situation. The mommas started coming out with their babies and im afraid most will be lost to predators. The Peacocks are free ranging/wild birds. They come to my barn but dont depend on my for food. They roost in my trees by the barn and makes their rounds from my property to the neighbor who also has 4 acres of property. I want to keep some but also give some to friends who have large properties and just come here to watch them strut around my property. The older gentleman i bought the ranch from said they predate him and the Peacocks have been there for more than 30 years! Questions i have, How old do chicks have to be before i take them from the mommas to raise myslef? im looking to thin the herd by giving /selling some away and keep predators from taking most of them. should i keep just the current 2 males? can i introduce more males to the flock? how old do i keep them enclosd until i let them out with the herd to fend for themselves?