Introducing New Peafowl to Your Home

Introducing New Peafowl to Your Home.
When introducing new peafowl to an area, after they are first purchased, don’t let them out right away or they may well disappear down the road. The best way to acclimate them is to pen them where they can see the area where they’ll be living in after they are released. No point in keeping them in a shed, cabin or anything they can’t see out of for six weeks then wonder why they seem skittish when you go in with them for 2 minutes to check on food (Pheasant Grower Pellets, Turkey Grower Pellets or Chicken Grower Pellets) and water then leave them alone again for another 24 hours. I will start here by saying that if you are going to release your new birds you will not need so big a pen and you need to be able to take the pen down after you have finished with it or use some thing you already have. I have used a cabin, shed or stable and fitted a wire cage door in front or behind the main door so the birds can see out during the day. Then at night I can close the main door so I know nothing is doing to get at them at night. I have used the fence panels you see around building sites go make a quick run with a soft wire top tied to them. Don’t make a pen with the idea that the birds will come back in every night to roost after you release them, THEY WON’T. If you do make a wire cage it will need at least one perch for them to roost on at a meter (36 inches) or more. So they will want to sleep off the ground in the pen has it makes them feel safer if your birds don’t sleep off the ground then please don’t let them out Or you’ll end up looking for them at the edge of dark to no avail then to find a lot of feathers and no peafowl after the fox took them from under a bush in your garden. There should also be a covered shelter to protect them from bad weather and give them a little privacy. I cover the top to stop rain (they do not like rain) and the prevailing side to shelter against wind. Peafowl can fly, so the whole pen should have netting or some sort of cover on top of it so they can’t fly out. I use a soft net on the top so if the birds do fly up they will not be injured. Try Collins Nets netting to cover your pen. When I put new birds in pens but I intend to release them I make sure they have fresh water and food they are used to eating. Then I do not disturb them for a week or so. After that time if I think they have settled in, I remove the food but NOT the water. Then when ever I walk past the pen or go in with the birds I give them some food. But only enough so they eat it all and none are left. This way they get to know that when you come around is when they get fed. I find this gets them used to you so you’re a part of their life not just a spectator. I also like to give them a little white bread. I know it’s not really that good for them but they do like it and will soon start to take it from your hand once they get a taste for it.
You don’t have to have lots of birds a pair would be fine. I know a lot of people that don’t even have a pair as in a male and female. They just have a couple of males. This is something that many stately  homes do. They want the peacocks but not the trouble of having breeding peahens hatching eggs and the public handing in young peachicks to staff. They just contact us when they want to restock with some two year old peacocks in Autumn. SO if you have room for the birds to show their tails and not be to near each other. for now lets just say you have a peahen and a peacock to release. After they’ve been penned for at least 6 weeks or longer if it is a cock bird with a full tail or they have been free range before they came to you, let a new hen out before the male as the hens are more social and will stay around the birds that are still penned up. So it will learn its way around its new home. After a few days, let another out to run with it. If they stay around it’s usually safe to let the rest out soon thereafter. So it’s a good idea to do this when you have a long weekend so you can keep an eye on them from a distance. When released peafowl like to sleep high in trees or in some cases on roof tops. I’m sleep in the frees in summer then move into the barns on the high beams in the winter months.