peacocks

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by fowlgirl, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. fowlgirl

    fowlgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    my boyfreind wants peacoks! we have , cattle,dog ,cats, and of course 10 wonderful layers. Does anyone have experience and i'm wondering if they would be good with chickens.Everone is free range.
     
  2. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
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    I have them. If you free range start with babies or they will fly off to someone elses house. [​IMG]
    Also, mine get along fine with my chickens. Mine WERE free range, but did go the the neighbors house and they didn't like the huge stinky presents they left. [​IMG] So now they are in a huge cage with some chickens. They get along fine.
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    The people I gave my goats to have Peacocks.
    Yeah, they fly in the trees and on the roof of the barn but they all stick around. They free range with :
    chickens, donkeys, goats, guineas, cats, and dogs. Along with pot bellied pigs.

    Besides , they leave lovely long feathers for gifts and decorations.
     
  4. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A peahen showed up here one day and stayed. We bought a peacock for her. Now there are 10 running around and I have sold about 8. They go in out of all the animal pens around here. We also have dogs, a horse, ponies, goats, chickens and turkeys. They all do well together.
     
  5. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My father-in-law bought 3 females that were a year old in the spring. We left them inside a barn with a window to look out for a few months since the guy we got them from said they would fly away if we don't. We let them out finally and they scattered around the yard in the trees. The next day the white/brown speckled colored hen flew over into town and we didn't see her for a few weeks. My father-in-law seen her one day by the road inbetween some houses in a small field but we haven't seen her anymore and have no clue on how to catch her if we did. The other two stayed and are now roosting in the upper large part of the barn. Also the guy we got them from said to make sure they roost on wide thick beams or they will curl their toes around something small and freeze them off.
     
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  6. justhatchin

    justhatchin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first year I had a a male(blue about 3 yrs) I kept with my muscovies. The next year I had another we were told was a female (not- was a purple male 7months) kept both with the ducks. Last winter we got chickens and pheasants. The chickens and the peacocks got along but the pheasants and the chickens did not. So we put the pea's and the pheasants together, that was ok till spring when the male pea and the male pheasant started struting and fighting. The chickens and the ducks get along just fine. So The pheasants got their own pen.

    About feb I got a female blu 2 yrs and that was when the males started fighting. I also raised a yr old blk shoulder purple female-she is mean- she will chase and jump anything in her pen that is not her size. I kept them penned while it was laying season- march to aug. - then turned them loose. The males kept chasing the male duck and the roo, but finally stopped as winter got closer. I always pen the peas for winter. They would rather roost in a tree even during a blizzard, I would rather know where they were -in a coop- at least dry even if the roost isn't but 4 ft high.

    If you get older ones leave in a pen at least 1 month better is 2 or 3. Then just open the door and let them come out on their own. They do like other fowl around. If you raise them from babies leave them in a covered pen till they are 5-6 months or older, if they have chickens or ducks that they stay with they will come in and go out with them for a while. IMHO they are not smart enough at less than a yr to be out on their own trying to protect themselves.
    They do tend to wander - my neighbors are 1/2 mile away and still hear them honking ( mainly in the spring). I have found them in the
    road ( not very busy) several times, last time I heard a car honk- back in the pen they went(late oct)
    Long winded I am hope my experiences help you.
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    First, make a pen with good view of the place. A dog kennel will be ok. If you make something that is temporary, put it right where you want them to roost.. if you are wanting them to go back in a coop for nights then put them in there.

    Second, KEEP THEM LOCKED UP for as long as you can. One month at the very minimum for younger birds and 3 months for older ones. Longer than that will be better. Again, it is important they be actually able to see out(sorry, a window in a shed or barn will not do. Unless an open view run with wire sides/top is attached on the outside for them to venture out in). In mild climates, a pen with a solid roof and wire on all sides is the very best. This is what I do with mine. If not mild, a shelter with an attached open view run is the best. The run absolutely has to be covered- peafowl are most excellent jumpers and flyers. A 6 foot fence will not stop a peafowl with clipped wings at all.

    Third, do not shove/chase them out on their first days free. Lock up or tie up the dogs and keep kids indoors. Despite being there for a long while, they very typically are very nervous yet very curious about checking out the yard and things. Do not let anything or anyone chase or scare them during this period. The main reason is during this period, they often "freeze" on the spot and if pressed, they will jump straight up and start flying.. the problem is, they are both nervous and very unfamiliar with the area so they just get too scared to land so they often simply keep flying until either they crash land into a tree or a building or out of exhaustion quite a good distance from house(and become permanently lost this way). If they land in a tree, very often they will not come down that day or next day but they eventually will. Quite nerve wracking though.

    Once they have settled in and then after having familiarized with your yard, then they will be fine.. won't matter much if they are frightened into flying- by then they will know where to go and also know where home is anyways and come back eventually.

    For total free range, it is best to get as many birds as you can.. something like 2 males and 3 females at the least is very good. They are very social birds and are very highly attracted to sounds of other peafowl.. which comes to another advise- let only one or two birds out at once.. keep the other birds confined and they will act as "call backs" for the newly loose birds. The other reason is, if you happen to lose one bird, it wont be a catastrophe if there were still several others.. if there was just a pair then that is a true loss and you will have to go around to getting another bird..

    Younger birds accept new homes much easier and faster than older birds, especially old birds who have been in pens their entire lives. Birds under a year old are the easiest ones hands down, but these have the "con" of having to wait 3 years for the males to fully feather out.
     
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  8. chixrus

    chixrus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone have pics of peafowl? does anyone have different colors (flavors, as my friend would say), rather than the traditional blue w/ green tail (cocks)?
     
  9. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

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    we have the traditional one you are talking about. he gets along with the chickens. he roost up on top of the chicken coop, if it rains he gets inside the coop with them. They don't mind. I would love to get a girl for him. Poor thing shows his feathers off to all the chickens and ducks [​IMG]
    He does not have a girl to strut around and show he beauty, poor thing. I want a white one, one day!

    edited to add: we don't let ours free range all day. but when they do free range he has to be out with the girls and follow them where ever they go.
     
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  10. mario49

    mario49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is this true do peafowl get sick when they are around chickens i thought someone would know since you guys have expierence.?
     

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