peafowl picking at eachothers crowns/crest.

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by country_girl011, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. country_girl011

    country_girl011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 peas. 1 cock and 5 hens. all were raised to gather except 1, the cameo.
    they are 2 this year (cameo I believe is 3). and have lived in a pen to gather since they were 3 months old (cameo added at 6-7 months old)
    we moved last year in November. so they have been in this pen for over a year and have been fine.
    now suddenly my favorite peahen has no crest. know one of the others plucked it. but what I don't get is why?
    NOTHING has changed.
    I know it is not my male that did it. he is a sweetheart and is very attached to this hen they were raised to gather from 2 days old. so they are very bonded.
    the 3 pieds were raised separately until they were all 3 months old. (purchased at 2 months old)
    and I doubt it Is the cameo. she is a spaz, but not dominant.
     
  2. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    They're getting to breeding age. When mine hit that age, the hens start to pick at crowns when figuring out who is the boss of who. Osiris, my queen-of-the-pen hen, always has a full crown.
     
  3. country_girl011

    country_girl011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so this will stop when it is figured out?
    none of the other hens are missing crowns or any other feather.
     
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Well I can't say it's ever 100%, but if no one is injured or otherwise being picked on, I'd say yeah.
     
  5. country_girl011

    country_girl011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i sure hope so. poor piper looks awful funny with no crown =(.
     
  6. msmolly

    msmolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did the same thing, and I was told the females were "de-crowning" the competition to make themselves the more beautiful candidate for the male. If that is true then it doesn't bode well for ever getting sorted out. )-: Now, I'm down to just one female- so its not an issue any more.
     

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