Not sure the breed...

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by younggun, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. younggun

    younggun Out Of The Brooder

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    I got these two as a rescue. I'm not sure the breed or the sex. They are six months now. The mom was white but had markings on her and the dad was blue. It is hard to tell specific breeding because they were in very poor shape when I got them (the parents). They were not kept in good conditions. Anything you could tell me about them would be helpful. Sorry the pictures aren't great they are indoors for winter and there isn't good lighting.

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  2. younggun

    younggun Out Of The Brooder

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    If it helps any they were silver when I got them as 1 month olds. Then they were brown with just a little green/blue on their back and necks. This past month (they are now 6mon) they are losing their brown feathers and they are mostly all silver with green/blue necks. I'm pretty sure they are both males. I'd just like other opinions. I've never had peacocks before...just ducks. I took these guys in to get them away from a bad situation. Thanks!
     
  3. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like you have two cute India Blue Black Shoulder boys there.
    Congratulations and good work on the rescue - my best peaboy came from rescue as well! [​IMG]

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  4. younggun

    younggun Out Of The Brooder

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    Will I need to separate them if they are both males? Once they mature will they need to have females? The bigger one already chases the other around quite a bit but is still upset when they are separated. I'm just concerned because I know their father was removed from the farm they came from for regularly killing emus. And at a month old these guys were already chasing the farm dogs around!
    I had a couple more questions...what do you use for wormer and when do they need wormed? Only as needed or regularly? Do I need to powder them for mites/lice or anything like that. I see them now picking at themselves and I am wondering if they don't have fleas from the barn. It is a sand floor. Is there anything else they need I am missing? They get fed game bird pellets, warm breakfast of rice, meal worms, fruits and veggies, cracked corn mixed in with their pellets for the winter. Minerals in their water. I just started offering grit for them. They will go back outside as soon as it warms up. But it is a huge barn and they have free range now. They have also been killing mice and small birds.
    Thanks for your help. I haven't been able to find any books on peacocks except for kid books.
     
  5. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two males peacocks can live together without any problems ! ..... mostly in free ranching !
     
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  6. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are like everyone stated black shoulder peacocks. I had Emus and they did not bother with the peacocks nor did the peacocks bother them. I think something else had killed the 6 foot Emus and the peacock got blamed LOL What kind of dogs does a farm have that a teeny tiny baby bird can chase them around without getting eaten? The peas will establish a pecking order so yes the bigger one will chase the smaller one. I worm with safeguard liquid goat wormer for 3 days and repeat the dose again on the 14th day. After the second dose and 14 days later you can use Ivermectin pour on for cattle this will kill all external critters and the worms that the safeguard doesn't. You might need curid powder for coccidia and some fish zole for blackhead if they are on the ground and around mice and wild birds. Remember watch your peas cause they are great at hiding illness so if you see any changes then there is something wrong with them. Your birds are most likely pruning themselves not really "picking" at themselves. They are constantly growing and feathers are doing the same as well as putting oil on their feathers too.
     
  7. younggun

    younggun Out Of The Brooder

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    When do I worm them and how often? They have to be in a fence as my service dog is an Alaskan husky and doesn't like birds. He is the reason I had to get rid of my free range ducks. I also have a cane corso mastiff who likes to hunt wild pheasant. Better safe then sorry but i am working on expanding their old pen to give them lots of room for in the spring. they seem fat and happy now. The only thing I notice is one is missing his crown.
     
  8. younggun

    younggun Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll have you know I used to have a coyote akita mix that lived with my ducks to keep the predators at bay until he started gathering up all their eggs and nesting for himself! When I accidentally hatched an egg and the mama ducks wouldn't. Take it the dog training used him in the house with him! They slept in the same kennel and everything.the baby duck used to pinch his ear if he tried moving when he was sleeping. That dog was good with all animals. I even had a bunny that would bring him gifts and lay next to him. Unfortunately he died trying to rescue my deaf/blind beagle I had at the time.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I worm mine a couple of times a year with Safeguard (fenbendazole) liquid or paste, you'll find those in the cattle, goat and horse sections of most feedstores. I'm very OCD about worming, so I weigh each bird and weigh them by weight. My vet recommends .5ml per 2.2 pounds for the cecal worm, still trying to find out the best treatment for capillary worms.

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  10. connerhills

    connerhills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Younggun. There is a book on peafowl written by Stephanie Tindell titled "Lets get started raising peafowl" I think this might help you with some of the questions.. contact her at [email protected] her phone is 865 379 8687. The cost runs around $25.00 postage paid to you . There are a few older books out there but are very hard to find. The UPA printed one few yrs ago and Stephanie done this one also , there is one by Fred Huebner that is very good on genetics of peafowl, but almost never find it any more, good luck . connerhills
     

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