We were planning to get peafowl, and talking to various people who had them. We visited a breeder, read up on the internet, and eventually decided that it might not be safe to free range the birds where we live. There were mixed opinions, but the person with the most experience said that the peafowl were less intelligent than turkeys and would most likely not avoid the fenced yard where poultry-eating-dogs live. However... someone gave us an egg when we first started looking into getting peafowl. We put it under a broody banty hen, and today, it hatched. And despite our decision, we're excited to have it. So we have just the one peachick We have it caged with the broody apart from the other chickens. We also have one banty chicken egg under that hen and that one should hatch in the next day or so. We wanted it to have company. Questions: Will a banty chicken usually take care of a peachick? I ask because when the chick wandered out and made sad little peeps today, it was a different call from a baby chicken, and the hen didn't cluck back the way they usually do to attract a chick. She's letting the peachick stay under her for warmth, though. Without another baby chick, will a peachick have trouble learning to eat and drink? I hope the chicken egg hatches soon, but if not, should I scramble around to buy a chick or two for company? Will one peacock or peahen be okay with only chickens for company? I know that some people say that it's not healthy to mix chickens with peafowl, but the breeder I visited seemed to be doing this without problems. I wondered whether it would miss having another pea if it has never had the experience. Advance thanks for any advice you can offer.