Peacock id

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by TeamGunrunner, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. TeamGunrunner

    TeamGunrunner New Egg

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    I'm very new to peafowl. I purchased a (1 year) old pair back before thanksgiving 2016 who immediately flew off. The female come back a month later. I located the male almost 2 months later after I had already purchased another (2 year) old male. After reading over many forums I've seen arguments about what linage different birds came from based solely on a picture posted. I'm calling out to the resident experts to give me an idea of what exactly I ended up with. The former owner is clear they are peafowl and that's about it. Attached a few pictures of my two males and 1 female. As always, Any tips are appreciated especially if you see disaster in my near future! They mingle daily with Turkeys, guineas, and many different breeds of chickens. They no longer free range but hopefully that will change with time.
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  2. Midnightman14

    Midnightman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    India blue peafowl. India blues are one of two species of peafowl in the hobby (the other you won't find around much as they are rare). In peafowl there are no breeds or types only different color mutations. There are about 16 different colors and 6 different patters of india blue peafowl but the two you have are the normal wild coloration. Lineage wise they might have the genes for other colors that just aren't showing but you wouldn't know until you breed them and see what the offspring look like. As for tips, one I'd recommend is not housing those two males together with that female. With breeding season coming on in most of the northern hemisphere they will likely fight and if the loser can't get away he will likely be killed or seriously injured. I would also de-worm the birds immediately with a de-wormer such as valbazen or safeguard.. Many de-wormers you see available for poultry are unsuitable for worming due to them not killing the worms that actually cause problems. Peafowl should be wormed at least 2x a year though if your climate is wet you might need to do it more often. Also I would highly suggest not mingling them with other domestic poultry ESPECIALLY ducks and chickens. The reason for this is because with ducks they are very messy and like to splash water everywhere and mix it with their food which is the perfect environment for bacteria and disease causing organisms to live in. With chickens the problem is that they can carry diseases that won't significantly hurt them but will kill peas. Blackhead, intestinal worms, and coccidiosis are the three big diseases that can pass back and forth between the two species. Blackhead in particular is nasty and is a big killer of pess if they catch it with up to 90% mortality in affected birds.
     
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  3. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good advice Midnightman14 has offered and I would 100% agree they are India blues. but could have hidden mutations/colors, I would also separate them from the turkeys beachside turkeys and peafowl can actually breed. Also make sure you are feeding them a diet that consist of at least 19%-22% protein. Other than that your birds look beautiful and healthy.
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    I see Spalding blood. These are extremely low % Spaldings. I see yellow on the male's face and the hen has barred tail coverts. I agree with Midnightman14, something I would like to add, make sure your peafowl have at least 20% protein. It wouldn't be a bad idea to give them some meal worms, or dog food, that way they get some animal protein, which will give them the right amino acids.
     
  5. TeamGunrunner

    TeamGunrunner New Egg

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    Will do! Thanks for all the advice! I would like to purchase another hen if someone here might be in the Atlanta or Macon Ga area.
     
  6. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you FB look up Ray Watts, he is near you, tell him I sent you, [​IMG].

    Gerald Barker
     
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  7. TeamGunrunner

    TeamGunrunner New Egg

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    I tried to look him up but alot of " Ray Watts " on facebook.
     
  8. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im sorry, I dont know how to post his FB link. Ray Watts Macon, Ga.

    Gerald Barker
     
  9. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. David Josiah

    David Josiah Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been free ranging mine for 4 years and I'm not going to say I'm expert but I have never wormed my peafowl and they are always found hanging out with chickens,goats, and ducks . Do not release them unless you have a guard dog and they are less than 8 months when you get them also cage then for a couple months firs
     
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