A foster mom of three peahens and one peacock I am looking for some insight into the male's unusual behavior. This free ranging group of peafowl landed at my farm and are not in the least interested in going home. Their owner is my new neighbor who knows they are here and told me the peacock is three years old. No worming or vaccinations according to him and I don't think he fed them anything but dog food treats. I do feed them a game bird crumble mixed with wild bird seed( after a month of staying here I started feeding them a little of this in the am )and do give them treats. Very friendly, non aggressive birds. Being mating season they are actively breeding as I have seen them but mostly he displays and the hens ignore him, and there has been no indication of egg laying or setting. When I first saw the peacock's behavior I thought of external parasites but I am thinking now it might be something else. He is doing it presently and he jumps up and down flapping his wings and pulling on his shoulder feathers often taking off at a run with his beak clamped to his feathers until they are pulled out. I also have noticed him bending his head down and grabbing his neck. He looks like he needs to be on Thorazine when he does this and it is getting more prevalent. he has shown no aggression toward me although I am careful when I am around him. He has several broken covert(long ones he fans out) feathers and he is starting to look a bit rough with his ruffled sticking out shoulder feathers. What is he doing and does he need me to do something medically for him? I can find no good books on peacock husbandry or behavior and I need help as he obviously does too! SOS from a new peafowl foster mom!