Snap....a pea story...

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by chicknmania, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    5,042
    243
    331
    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    We got Snap at the poultry show last November. After her five week quarantine, we let her out and she joined the flock and quickly made friends with our other (and older) peahen Sweetpea. Snap is just a baby, hatched in 2013. Anyway, we've had cold weather for months. The weekend before last, the weather moderated and Snap, Sweetpea, and the two peacocks ventured outside. Now every nice evening there is, the peacocks and peahens take a walk, right before sundown. It's a ritual with them. Usually they just go into the field across the road (we are pretty rural) or the field beside us, or sometimes over to see our neighbor. [​IMG] They are never as a rule gone very long, or go very far, they almost always come when called, and if I see them off our property I can herd them back home and it's no big deal. Lots of times they don't go off the property. But THIS time, it got to be getting dark, it was dinner time, and no peas. I called and called. I had to go somewhere, so I left the barn open, the lights and radio on, and left. When I came back an hour and a half later, the peacocks were in the barn, but the peahens were not. This was so unusual, but nothing I could do, so I closed up the barn and figured they were probably roosting in the trees nearby. The next morning, I found Sweetpea shivering outside the barn in our vegetable garden, but no Snap. The following week and a half, we had cold weather and snow, and then it turned very cold, and then brutally cold. No Snap. Seeing coyote footprints around every morning in the snow, I figured she was a goner. Til this afternoon, when a neighbor called to tell us he saw one of our "peacocks" in a yard about a half mile away. HUH? The peacocks were in the barn with the door closed, because of the intense cold. So we high tailed it down there, and found Snap lying in someone's yard, in the snow. She must have been hypothermic, because she couldn't get up...I brought a net and just walked up and dropped it on her! Cuddled her in my arms all the way home and we warmed her up and fed her, she was so cold! And we were so elated to find her! She was just a brown lump in the snow, our neighbor just saw her head feathers, otherwise ....well. Just sharing this story because I read about so many lost peahens! I don't know what it is with them, but I'm sure she just got separated from the others and couldn't find her way back, being new. She was just two yards and a field away from home, and she could see our property if she would have looked, but she must have been too scared and confused to find her way back. The fact that she survived a week and a half in the intense cold and snow just boggles our minds. [​IMG]But we are so happy to have her back, and she is happy to BE back! Still in hospital pen where she will be for several days, til we're sure she's ok. Just thought I'd relay this, we thought it was an amazing story, and just goes to show there is hope, even when you think all hope is lost....[​IMG] I am bringing our great neighbor a bouquet of peacock feathers and a box of cookies or something tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

    2,992
    409
    261
    Jan 13, 2012
    Makara, Wellington, NZ
    Congratulations on this great story of pea rescue! [​IMG]
    Be sure to post some pictures of little Snap when she's back up to speed!
     
  3. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    5,042
    243
    331
    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    I will thanks! [​IMG]
     
  4. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,412
    65
    171
    May 22, 2012
    North Dakota
    Can't wait to see some pics of the happy pea and her new pal.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    61,369
    22,672
    871
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Thanks for sharing and I hope she recovers!

    -Kathy
     
  6. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

    4,111
    297
    296
    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Great story! It reminds me a story I read about a free-range peacock a person had and on a few occasions during the winter time, the peacock would get so cold he would fall out of the tree and the dog would drag him home and they would "un-thaw" him under a heat lamp. surprisingly even after that happening to him at least twice, the peacock still lived a good long life.

    I am glad to hear that Snap is fitting in with your group!
     
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    11,008
    613
    378
    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    So glade this had a happy ending [​IMG]
    Once and only ones my peas pulled an all nighter out in the woods, they were back first thing in the morning and they slept almost all day, I guess a night in the woods was pretty scarey although I found out later the next day they were not that far from the safe zone when I located the tree with pea poop under it.
     
  8. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    5,042
    243
    331
    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    I read that story too! :D amazing.
     
  9. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    5,042
    243
    331
    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    She was waiting for me to turn her heat light on this morning. [​IMG] soon as I did, she was right there under the rays, haha. She's enjoying being spoiled. She'll go back out with the flock and the other peas, after this weekend.
    So COLD out there, I keep forgetting about taking pics!
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  10. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    5,042
    243
    331
    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by