Peacocks/Peahens...

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by kparrington, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. kparrington

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    Does anyone have any recommendations on keeping away Peacocks/Peahens? We live in the country on 3.5 acres, our neighbors raised/breed pheasants, peacocks, and peahens at one point. Their Lab ate all of their chickens and ducks and they don't really care about the remaining birds nor do they have an atrium. The pheasants roam around but tend to like coverage along the creek bed and do not really bother anything. The Peacocks/Peahens on the other hand like my chickens and are pretty much living at our house, they start calling around 5:30am and only go home to sleep in the trees. We chase them off constantly during the day when we are home but they come right back. They roost on our cars, house, chicken coop, ect...The male is a little aggressive (not sure that is the right word) but he chases my chickens and corners them down by the creek. So in regards my chickens dont get yard time because they are bothering them.

    Am I being ridiculous and I should let them figure out how to get along? Can peacocks and chickens co-exist in the same area. I feel guilty making my birds stay inside the coop/run just because the peacocks wont leave them alone but I also dont want them to get hurt or cornered. But obviously unless they are in an enclosed atrium they can fly. I am an animal lover and dont want to harm them but I dont know how else or if there is a way to detour them from coming over. Beyond the chickens they are scratching/damaging property.. Ive already talked to the owners of the peacocks and they dont seem to see it as a problem. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Hi im really sorry your having such a problem. I dont have any words of wisdom but i wanted to give you my syampathies. Id be worried also about the peas hurting your birds. im sure someone more experienced will be along shortly. I dont think your being ridiculous at all and i hope this clears up without taking leathal action but im afraid you wont be able to get rid of them any other way. im glad your prepared to defend your flock to that extream if necessary.
     
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    Thank you! I really dont want to harm them, but I also dont want them. We have a local wildlife rescue I may see if they can help in any way. Wish the owner cared more.
     
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    mixedUPturk Loves Hatching

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    I understand, really i do:hugs Maybe your right :fl that they can help!
     
  5. IF the owner does not care what happens to the birds you could trap the birds and give them away. If they were my birds and you trapped and gave them away I would sue you for stealing my birds. So there are two ways to look at it but at least try to get permission first. If they still won't do anything about it then do what you must.
     
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    I understand where your coming from but she has talked to them and they dont see it as any problem. You wouldnt be letting them roam all over your neighbors property would u? Do you think theyll have rights to sue if she captures them on her property?
     
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  7. Deprivation of property comes to mind and killing them would be considered as animal cruelty which are both illegal. Perhaps calling animal control after trapping them might be the best course.
     
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  8. Oh, BTW my free rangers do roam all over my neighbors' property, I can not control where they go but once I asked the neighbor to stop feeding them we didn't have that problem. Now the neighbors miss seeing the birds and come visit.
     
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    Your right animal control is probly the best alternative. Deprivation is only short term, like if she penned them up, but OP is looking for a long term approach so it would be theft in terms of property.

    Also she is a self proclaimed animal Lover, im sure even if a lethal approach became neccesary she wouldnt be out there having target practice which would be cruel. Lethal can be done without cruelty. I was thinking we had discussed that as a last resort anyway, in the case that no one would help her.

    Im glad that your neighbors like your birds but in this case this person does not like them. I sure would not like peas on my property, chasing my chickens, forcing me to keep them penned up.
     
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  10. It would be pretty rare to find anyone that free ranges peas with chickens to say the peas chase the chickens. We have never seen it here in the ten years or so we have been free ranging peas, chickens and guineas. The worst offenders are the guineas that have run off some peas but for the most part after the pecking order is established they live in harmony.
     

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