Peacocks Are They For You?

Indian Blue Peacock with an Indian Blue Peahen

Indian Blue Peacock with an Indian Blue Peahen

Are Peafowls for You is a page I’m still editing so some parts may be repeated and not read quite right, but I would say this page contains all the right words and some good advice just not necessarily in the right order!

Ask yourself “are peacocks for you?” Now I’m not trying to put anyone off getting a peacock or peafowl here. Nor am I trying to sell my birds to you. I like to think the birds will sell themselves.  So I just want you to have all the facts before you go ahead and order any birds. To that end I have written this article has if I was about to get my first peacock and I asked myself the question “is a peacock suited to where I live?”

The reason I wanted peacock was because I’d seen a peacock at my grandfathers friends farm. Strutting around with his shining bright blue chest stuck out and showing off his larger than life tail with what looks like all the colours of a rainbow in it. Now to me that is has good a reason has any t0 want too see a peafowl displaying around my own farm yard, but that doesn’t mean it was suitable for me to have a peacock on my property.

The next and I think the most important question must be. Is where I live suitable for keeping a peacock  and peahen. Because of their nature, peafowl are not really suitable to be kept as pets in buildup residential areas. Peacocks are more suited to houses with large gardens or land around them in rural areas, smallholdings, farms. Even country houses if your lucky enough to live in one! Even if you are located in a place that you feel is suitable for peafowl your next consideration must be your neighbours. During the mating season peacocks do call to let other birds know where they are. Early morning and late evening is a favorite time for this. I’ve found that most people either love the sounds they make of they hate them, but people never seem go grow to love it. I have a peacock call as the ring tone on my phone! (I’ve never missed a call since I started using it and everyone else knows my phone is ringing too!) If you where to keep your birds penned up all the time then you can shield their call from your neighbours. This also stops them from roaming. The reason I say this is that if you have peafowl they will wonder a little and I have found that hens and young cocks are more prone to it. But if they are free range you have no say were they will roam or roost. It could be in your neighbour’s garden when he starts calling at 4.00am in the morning. So please ask people around you how they feel about having the birds has a new neighbours and even a visitor at times.
Peacocks tend to make most noise early in the morning (first light) and late in the evening during the mating season. If you feed them the same time every night inside a shed or building, you can then close them in for the night. By keeping the enclosure dark, this should help prevent them calling at dawn. Another tip is to set their perch at a height that prevents them raising their neck to call. These are tips that can be used during  mating season.
Many people want their peafowl to roam free, so please consider weather the roads close to where you plan to allow the birds to roam are busy.

If you are considering keeping peafowl, remember the ideal scenario is a peacock (male) and at least 1 peahen(female). Some people will just keep peacocks without the peahens if they don’t want them to breed. This is not a problem for peacocks, they will not go looking for peahens. They are territorial so they live somewhere because they like it and then they use that great voice to tell the peafowl where he is and to come and have a look if it’s a peahen and to keep away if it’s a peacock.
Consider what other animals are around. Foxes can take peahens when incubating their eggs. Care should be taken when first introducing peafowl to your dogs. Try not to let them chase your birds when they are first settling into their new home. It’s just common sense really.
When introducing peafowl to an area don’t let them out right away or they will disappear down the road! The best way to acclimatise them is to pen them in the area where they’ll be living. After they’ve been penned for a minimum of 6 weeks or longer if it is a peacock with a full tail. Now this is not so they can look at what is outside. It is more so they can get used to seeing you walking past the front of their pen. The other reason is that they grow to feel safe in their pen, so no chasing them around in their pen. They need to feel safe so that when they are let out they have somewhere they feel safe to make to when first settling in.

My take on releasing peafowl is this. This is the same way the mind of a peafowl works. They live their lives by a time table and they learn that time table from other birds around them. They don’t like change, they will adapt when things change around them but this takes time. I’ll explain why not to just let birds out of their  pen. Lets say I put you in an apartment in a block of flats and let you look out of the window for 6 weeks. Then I take you out side and ask you to tell me which window you where just looking out of. 

let the hen out before the cock bird, as the hen are more social and will stay around the birds that are still penned up.

When you do let your birds out they are not going to be like your chickens and just be happy to mess around in your garden. They will want to have a good look around. Peafowl aren’t the brightest of birds. If something charges it can really spook them, but they are very inquisitive and soon have to see what’s going on over the fence. So to this end you must remember they will go next door to see your neighbours. It doesn’t matter how high the wall or fence is between you they will still be able to fly on to the top of it and over it. I know I’ve already said this but I’ll repeat it again now. “You should always ask your neighbours what they think about you getting peafowl before you even think about ordering any birds from me or anyone else”