Pete the Peacock

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by TaylorBrooke20, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. TaylorBrooke20

    TaylorBrooke20 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first peacock to own, and I'm a little concerned. I've researched, but can't find any answers as to why my male peacock won't grow his crown on top of his head??? Also, I know they lose their tail feathers, but my man hasn't grown any and I have had him for about 6-7 months now. I'm not sure how old he is, pretty young I'm guessing, but just about full grown. I picture is attached. Does anyone have any helpful advice ???
     
  2. mbbrinegar

    mbbrinegar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you own any other peafowl?
     
  3. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello Taylor, and [​IMG], the Pea Department!

    Your pretty boy isn't quite old enough to have a train - next year he will be beautiful!
    As for the crown, he hasn't had one for 7 months? It's hard to say why...

    Are you going to get him any friends?
    Peas are very social, and he would be a lot happier with a pea buddy.
     
  4. TaylorBrooke20

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    Right now I don't have any other peafowl, just 14 chickens. So far, Pete has done great with them. When they get the opportunity to free roam, they all do so together, including Pete. I am still fearful that as he ages, he will eventually leave looking for a mate. I want so badly to get him a white peahen, but that is taking some convincing with the husband. We don't have enough land for all the offspring. I've considered just getting him another male companion, but I don't want to risk loosing both of them. I'm not sure if I just keep them cooped during mating season, and free roam them when it's not, if they will still leave or not.
    When I bought Pete, the previous owner claimed he was around a year old, but I don't think that was true. He was a breeder at local trades days, and was selling them for a friend. The peacock is also still somewhat small compared to other adult males I have seen. I don't believe there is any disease or infection that prevents their crowns from growing??? Thanks for responding !:)
     
  5. TaylorBrooke20

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    Thank you for the welcome! So far, this is a great site.
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    He is a young spalding meaning he has green blood in him, he may take longer to get his train, why he has no crest feathers I couldn't tell you.
    Do you feed him anything besides scratch grains ?
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  7. Pfauenfreund

    Pfauenfreund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is just one picture and it is not possible to see all needed details to be 100% sure:
    - Based on the picture I assume it is a spalding with high % of green blood.
    - Based on what I can see the peafowl is one year or older, because the lower part of the head/neck area has already colored and not white anymore.
    - If I look on the picture my first impression is due to the back feathers, the leg length, it is no male, it is a female. The picture is not clear, but I expect I can see a spur and a two year old female has the same size. To be 100% sure about the sex it needs some more pictures
    - It could happen that the crest will never grow again. Normally the crest starts growing already with two weeks. This is a typical example of feather picking.
     
  8. mbbrinegar

    mbbrinegar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe the chickens are picking them off, but other than that I have no idea. [​IMG]
     
  9. TaylorBrooke20

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    Do females show their feather like this ??? I was sure he was male because of the way he struts.
     
  10. TaylorBrooke20

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    I tried taking close ups so maybe we could definitely determine his sex.
     

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