URGENT...Transporting a grown fully feathered Peacock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kiaya611, May 14, 2007.

  1. kiaya611

    kiaya611 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this isn't a chicken, but I didn't see any other section that handled Peafowl and I am in a kind of bind and was hoping some of you kept Peafowl also.

    I am rescuing a grown fully feathered Peacock that wandered onto someone's property and the people can't find the owner's and will call animal control if someone doesn't "adopt" the bird. I have been preparing for Peafowl already, but this hit me a bit suddenly and I need to act fast as not to have it put down.

    I would like to know the best way to transport the bird without injury or damage to the plumage. I have never transported a bird of this size before especially one with huge tail feathers that could easily get damaged.

    PLEASE HELP!

    I am supposed to pick up the peacock tomorrow (Monday 5/14).

    Thank you,

    Steven
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2007
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Hmm, tough one. If you can get your hands on it I would maybe wrap it up in a big towl and set it in the back of the car or something. It probally won't be very happy but i don't see how it can fit into a box....
     
  3. edbama2

    edbama2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure of the size but, a dog carrier that is used for a lab (full size). Would that be big enough? [​IMG]
     
  4. kiaya611

    kiaya611 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that when i had Macaws, I used a medium sized dog carrier because with their tail they were about 3.5' long. A grown Peacock's tail can be up to 6' long by itself depending on how old it is. I have to admit with all of the reading I have done in preparation for raising Peafowl, I never came across transporting a grown male.
     
  5. edbama2

    edbama2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another option might be a refridgerator box. Go to a new appliance store, they might have one laying around. [​IMG]
     
  6. Leon

    Leon Out Of The Brooder

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    We used to put them in a tow sack head first then tie the tail end shut.

    I did pick some up from a lady that had duct taped there legs together. That was a bad idea.
     
  7. bobbieguyette

    bobbieguyette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when we bought 5 peacocks and they had the full plumage we used adult sized tshirts and put them over there heads and spread down the body they worked just fine and didnt get any damage just a couple of ruffled feathers;)
     
  8. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
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    This might get a bit dicey and would involve another adventurous individual or at least a driver, but what about getting a large beach towel to wrap the birds body in. You would probably need something to put over its head (think falcon hood here) so you don't get pecked and the adventurous person (probably you) would have to hold the bird the front seat, letting the long tail extend into the back seat. Do you think that would work?

    --Bird
     
  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Do you have an enclosed horse trailor? That would be the best way to transport it.
     
  10. chickenfeathers

    chickenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    UHAUL??[​IMG]


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