Peafoul temperment??

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by corn pecker, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. corn pecker

    corn pecker Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2011
    Polk City,Fl
    Were thinking about trying some out and would like to free range. We have small kids so we were wondering about the temperment.
  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Just don't get Green peafowl or Spauldings and you shouldn't have to worry about temperment. I am sure it depends on the bird, but all of mine are really nice and gentle when they eat out of my hand. Although when I went to the Big Cat Rescue, which has free-range peafowl, I was taking a picture of one of there peacocks and one of the zookeepers warned me not to get down to their level because they would attack! I am not so sure about that they seemed a lot more afraid to get too close to people than to run up and attack someone. A lot of them don't seem to have the guts to attack people. The only problem you might have is if you raise a male from a chick and baby him too much, then he might be so unafraid of you that he might attack you when he gets older. That happened to this one person who would hold their peacock a lot and baby him and when he got older he would attack them every time they went into the pen until they grabed him, held him, then he would calm down. Chances are though you will get really nice birds, most of them are pretty nice. Just make sure you keep them penned for a while like a few months then free-range them so they get used to your property otherwise they could take off and never come back.[​IMG]
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Our India Blue's are very calm natured. This guy wants to come in and watch TV. lol


    Our White and Spaulding are flighty and standoffish but not agressive. Like any other bird it all depends on how much you work with them.

  4. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2011
    i'm a firm believer in bribing with treats. I will be getting my first hatching eggs this spring, and i cant wait. From what the breeders have said, its all about food! give them treats from your hand!
    Sib [​IMG]
  5. gaza

    gaza Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2010
    hi, first of all,you can not take the overall version of what people say!
    i am new to peafowl,but see a trend in the site!!
    i had raccoons ,as pets,and all,sites/peoples coments,said,that they were nasty,aggresive,etc.
    i knew this,going in,but thought i was "the one",who could tame them!!
    well,i did,the male i had,was SOOOOO sweet!!
    going back to our subject!!
    breeding/crosses,etc,in my opinion,make NO difference!!
    its the individual bird!!!
    i have had 3 peacocks,since day 2!
    1 flew off,but the 2 that remain,are stuck like glue!!!!!!
    they never roam[free range],more than 3 feet from each other,or their surroundings!!
    the most tame,a spaulding,lets me pick him up,kiss him,with no problem!!,the IB,which was raissed is the same,will not let me near him!!!
  6. corn pecker

    corn pecker Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2011
    Polk City,Fl
    Thanks for the help. Sounds like we will take our chances if it doesn't work out we can always tell the kids to run faster.
  7. lorad

    lorad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    Edelstein, IL
    My peas would rather avoid me than come at me. I have 2 younger males that will perch on my arm if its dark and they need to be moved into the coop. The rest hate to be handled. We have had only one get nasty, but it was the middle of the night after an owl tried to kill her and knocked her out of a tree. A net worked much better that night. Have fun!
  8. txhomegrown

    txhomegrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2010
    Como, TX
    I had 2 females and a male a few years ago. The girls wanted nothing to do with me, but the male was just the opposite. I let them loose in the yard during the day. One day I was in at the computer and heard something behind me. The male had come inside to visit. I didn't have a screen door at the time. He hung out for a while and then headed back out to check on the ladies.

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