Why get a peacock?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by PirateShipp, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. PirateShipp

    PirateShipp Out Of The Brooder

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    So besides just being gorgeous, what do peacocks actually DO?
    I'll need ammo as to why I need one [​IMG]
    Chickens can give me eggs. Peacocks are so pretty, we've talked to getting some but the hubs will wonder what it could benefit.
    Keep down bugs? Keep away predatory birds?
    I know they can be noisy. Go ahead and let me have the pros and cons so I can be prepared to discuss [​IMG]
     
  2. The Cons: They cost more than chickens. They require lots of space. They require a relatively expensive pen. They tend to fly away and never return when free ranged near other properties. They only lay three to four months out of the year. The eggs are harder to hatch. They are big strong birds that are generally not very friendly. They can actually be aggressive. They can be REALLY noisy. They need to be wormed several times a year. They tend to get infections and diseases more easily than other birds. And I doubt seriously that you will ever get enough tangible benefit from them to compare to what you put into them.

    The Pros: You never get tired of looking at them and you never get tired of pondering how in the heck nature created something like this.
     
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  3. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Arguments for who?

    If it's a spouse, the answer is, because I NEED one. [​IMG]

    If it's for parents, then some of the kids on here will have to explain how they did it.

    People don't usually NEED cats, dogs, house pets, boats, motorcycles or 90% of the junk filling their homes.

    On the other hand, some of us simply acquire things, bring them home, and have the discussions later. But then again, some of us are no longer married, either.

    Life's all about choices, isn't it?
     
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  4. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let's not forget the enormous yucky stinky poo on your deck if they free range as well as some love to jump on your brand new vehicle and scratch it up. They don't jump on old vehicles you don't give a hang about, they are safe. :)
     
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    There is no ammo when getting into peas [​IMG]
    just a few requirements.

    1) do you have a place for them, like your own place?

    2) Can you afford to feed and care for them and should the time arise could you afford the meds they need and mabe even take them to the vet if it is real bad?
    3) good things come to those who wait, i waited for decades [​IMG] and did you know they can live for decades? are you able to care for them all this time?

    If you can answer yes to all of these questions then go get your peas [​IMG]
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  6. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    For kids part, I kept asking, telling them what I've learned about them, also I knew some people that raised them and one of them was willing to give me some of her yearlings for free. I think it was because my friends were able to convince my parents that having peafowl is a wonderful thing.

    Pros: They are beautiful, they molt all of the feathers they grow and you can use them to decorate your house, make jewelry, fly fishing. You can also sell their feathers or things you've made from the feathers. They can keep rodents down and other pests. Grasshoppers seem to be something peafowl like just like a cat and mouse. Penned peafowl are loud but not as noisy as a rooster. They usually only call during mating season.

    Cons: Some can be aggressive usually green peafowl but those that have been in fear of having little kids pluck their train feathers without being able to escape can also promote aggression. They may sometimes be difficult to make them tame. When starting with peachicks they are much easier to tame. Though some adults may wish to feel human affection but most prefer to be wild. They can be loud to those that don't enjoy their calls, they are expensive, they are prone to more problems than chickens are. They are strong flyers.

    In my opinion peafowl are worth getting, they seem to liven up the place, some of us peafowl breeders get used to the call and actually enjoy the sounds they make. Also hatching out peachicks FYI peachicks can fly within a week of hatching. This is my 4 year are old Indian Blue peafowl this year.
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  8. frogwoodforest

    frogwoodforest Out Of The Brooder

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    Birdrain
    How tall are yo pens? I am getting ready to build one and want it talk enough
    Thanks
     
  9. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    My pen is 8 feet tall. The run is 12'x12'x8'. The inside is 10'x15'x8'.
     
  10. frogwoodforest

    frogwoodforest Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks,I was on the right track!
     

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