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Over half of my peafowl got out yesterday!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by MinxFox, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Well of all the things to find when you go to feed your peafowl, finding over half of your birds out of their pen has to be in the top for worst things to find....

    The pen door was open (I always close it so I don't know what happened) and of my 12 peafowl, only 3 of them were still in the pen. The three good peafowl were Alto, my only adult peacock, Damsel my pied peahen, and Damsel's yearling son. I was amazed that they stayed in the pen especially because I let Damsel's son out a lot because he likes getting out of the pen and pecking at the grass. Peep of course was out of the pen but I wasn't worried about him being out since he is used to being let out. All I have to do is tap my foot to get him to come to me. All the other peafowl were in the small square I have between my pens just wanting to get back inside. It made it easy for me of course for them to be such good birds and all stay in that area so all I had to do is open a nearby door and my boyfriend and I herded them into the pen one at a time. Just one tip for anyone...It is easier to have a small pen to close off from the other pen when you have to get birds back into the pen. Once you open the pen door, birds inside the pen like to just stand there at the edge of the pen blocking the way of the loose birds, and of course due to pecking orders they are too afraid to squeeze by the bird standing in the doorway, which always seems to be a domanant bird...[​IMG] Soo you have to make sure the birds in the pen don't get in the way. A lot of them know where the doors are so they easily recognize the open door as the way in and walk in, but some take a bit more herding to get inside. Anyways as we were herding the birds into the pen, I looked around and realized that one was missing so I turned to my boyfriend and said, "Aaron...I think one of the whites is missing!" Sure enough one of my white peahens was missing...And of all the peahens it had to be Goldilocks, the peahen I am selling to Destinduck. Soo we took a walk around back looking for her and I checked all the places in the pen, but we didn't see her. I told Aaron that hopefully she would turn up the next day (today). It started to rain so we took cover in the barn and we were talking when we heard a peafowl honk and Aaron said, "Didn't that sound like it was behind us!?" and I said, "Yeah, it did!!" So we circled around the barn and didn't see Goldilocks. We looked at the roof of the barn too but she wasn't there. Then I told Aaron that she was probably in a tree above the barn so we stood there looking. I know that it is better to be missing a white because they are easier to spot, but when the sky is all white and the bird is in a tree, it is a bit harder to find them. Aaron pointed her out. She was on the end of a big dead branch several feet over the barn. Aaron asked what we were going to do and I said we would just leave her. She would be safe for the night in a tree and at least we knew where she was. I wasn't sure if she would fly down behind the barn, which would be harder for her to get back to the pen but when I went to the pen today there she was in the little section between the pens waiting to be let in.

    Other than that, everything has been pretty good. [​IMG]
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Glad you got them in safe and sound, see they ain't going nowwhere, they have been there to long of course if you leave them out all the time you may be herding them from the neighbors place.
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Whew! Thats good you got em all back in. I have only lost one male L amhearst pheasant that didnt ever come back. Sounds like you are feeling better. I can come by anytime you're ready.
     
  4. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe some day this weekend you can come destinduck? Friday I am getting a writing award and also we are going coon hunting but maybe Saturday?
     
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  5. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Congratulations! [​IMG] Hope your coon hunt dont get rained out. However this Saturday is great for me rain or shine.
     
  6. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah we are all dissapointed about the rain... It is going to flood and so far they are saying there is a 100% chance for rain...I have been waiting a long time to go coon hunting so I guess I will have to wait some more. Coon hunting is my favorite kind of hunting. Turkey hunting is nice and I get bored sitting in a shooting house for deer hunting...Coon hunting is more exciting for me and I really like being in the woods or swamp at night. Also I love the dogs...

    Anyways you can definately come this Saturday for Goldilocks. She has been doing well and likes eating bannanas from my hand.
     
  7. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Thats great. Coon hunting has almost become a lost tradition. No shortage of them now. When I was young we had them as pets. Wasnt much rabies back then. We got the babies from when my Grandpa would go coon hunting for us eating mainly. Only animal I didnt like to eat was the possum he would get sometime. LOL! My grandma also sewed us some hats with the tails included. My family would have been considered poor .I truly didnt see it that way. We just lived off the land alot more. I love duck hunting for the action but I still like to deer hunt too. Ill call you before I leave here But anytime before noon is best for me
     
  8. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah there are a lot of people who want coon hunters to come take care of the coon population on their property. I think it is pretty bad how it is becoming a lost sport somewhat. My dad's family was poor too and they would go out and hunt for their food. My dad would make some money selling raccoons and opossums that he shot as a boy.
    Anytime before noon sounds good as long as it isn't like 6 in the morning lol.
     
  9. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    So can you come sometime between 10 and 12? Sorry I had to think about the time and stuff.
     
  10. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Yep
     

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