peachick displaying question

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Ariel91, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Ariel91

    Ariel91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a "nursery" where I keep my baby/young birds. It's a 10'x20' covered run so I guess it's a bit more than a nursery, lol. Anyhow I have 6 muscovies babies, 8 assorted pullets, a male peachick, 1 baby silkie roo, 1 silkie pullet, 1 full grown silkie roo, and 2 full grown silkies hens in there. All of the youngins are between 2 and 6 months old. The peachick being the oldest. They all love each other to pieces and start crying like babies if any their "siblings" are taken out. Today I introduced our four Guinnea keets (just shy of a month old) because they had outgrown the brooder box. They get along splendid with everyone else, my silkie pullet has even adopted them as her 'new' babies (she is a month older than the other pullets and when we first got them we put them in the brooder with her she started playing the protective momma lol). But now my peachick is displaying (first time ever. He's a scared chick who runs in terror from my teeny tiny four month old silkie roo every time he peeps)Is it just coincidence, you think? Or does he think the keets are peahens? o_O He is still his scared chick self, just he is displaying to the keets and pullets when the baby silkie roo is on the other side of the pen.
     
  2. Ariel91

    Ariel91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Not sure if he considers them as peahens, but a peacock will display for anything it seems. I have watched an adult peacock display for a cardinal, a squirrel, a fly, and I have a peacock that displays for me and when I shake my foot he shakes his train feathers. Especially as a young peacock he has to practice displaying so he might just be picking the keets as his audiance.
     
  4. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2, yes he's probably just practicing being a boy [​IMG]

    I've heard there are (extremely rarely as far as I know) reports of guinea/peafowl cross (hybrid) chicks hatching, but I've never seen one. Supposedly don't live too long, no idea what that would look like... Maybe next year you can get him a peahen chick, [​IMG]

    Welcome to the peaplace! [​IMG]
     
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    All peas fan when someone new moves to the block they are just showing the new comer how big and scarey they are so they will know who the boss is [​IMG]They will fan when they see the tinest critter like a frog, turtle or real big bug .

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    He is a BAD baby peacock @ 2 days old
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    Double trouble
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    Hey look at me , silly peahen
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    He is a bad little peacock , ready to take on the dog
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    Thereis a rabbit in there
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  6. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes I don't think guinea x peafowl hybrids live that long...Maybe at max 3 years...
    Feathersite.com has photos of such a cross:
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    Peahen on the left, hybrid on the right.
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    Some better pictures of such a cross are on Futre Visions Farm's page here:
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    I think this is pretty rare though for a guinea and a peafowl to mate, but it happens!
     
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  7. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Zaz, your photos are the BEST [​IMG]
     
  8. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, @MinxFox , I always wondered what they looked like... talk about identity confusion [​IMG] That last bird just looks confused [​IMG]

    Wow, that's all I can say, just wow. Almost looks like a turkey somehow...
     
  9. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep pretty strange. I think I will stick to just breeding peafowl to peafowl. [​IMG]
     
  10. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 [​IMG]
     

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