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 have sold one of the boys and hope to sell a few more to even things out a bit and to prevent fighting. They are very beautiful and neat to have around.
So far they don’t cost us much in feed, except in winter. They spend most of their day roaming the area looking for bugs. They sometimes will eat the chicken feed or the corn we put out for our two geese that serve no real purpose. But in the winter we do put out corn for the geese and peafowl. Actually the peafowl serve no real purpose, either, other than entertainment. In the spring the peacocks spends half of their time strutting around trying to impress females. 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 boys start losing their pretty feathers. Keith decided that we should sell them. So we usually have some available for sale. 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