A year or two after moving here, Keith bought a peacock at an animal sale. He thought it was the coolest thing ever! Right up until it disappeared two weeks later. We then found out that peacocks don’t stick around if there isn’t also a peaHEN nearby.
So several years later we bought four day-old peachicks to raise ourselves. Two died after several weeks, but thankfully we ended up with one boy and one girl. Keith fixed one of our pens with chicken wire walls and a ceiling so they couldn’t fly away and nothing else could fly in. That worked for a while, but after a year or so they found a way out and we weren’t able to get them back in. It turned out, though, that they knew where the food was and have stuck around. A year later, though, that original hen was killed along with the eggs she had been setting on. Most likely it was a coyote. We were able to find a new hen to buy, though, and she’s hatched out 2-4 chicks each summer for the past few years. Unfortunately, the other hens that were hatched here disappeared in the summer of 2013. We assume they were nesting and eaten by coyotes. We sold off our extras over the past few years and have had only Caesar and his mate since then. No new chicks have been born. Over the winter of 2016/17 Caesar has disappeared and we only have the hen left. It is sad and now we’ll have to decide whether or not to replace Caesar.
They did’t cost us much in feed, except in winter, and then they just eat some of the chicken and duck food. They spend most of their day roaming the area looking for bugs. The peafowl serve no real purpose, other than entertainment. In the spring the peacock spent half of his time strutting around trying to impress the female. The farmers and truck drivers that come to empty the farmer’s grain bins have a great time watching and taking pictures! Then by summer, the poor boy starts losing his pretty feathers. We used to pick them up and save them to sell. People have bought them to make fishing lures, for cat toys, crafts or just to stick in a vase for decoration. In late winter the pretty feathers come back in just in time for mating season