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Tell me what you know about Peacocks, I think I want some.

 
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Hi, I am thinking of getting one or two peacocks, What can you tell me about them. Thanks
 
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They're beautiful, they can fly up onto your roof, and they can scream like a human toddler. Also, the tail feathers are super cool. The noise of peacocks provides most of the jungle ambience of many small zoos and wildlife parks.

I would recommend spending some time at a place with peacocks prior to making a purchase.
 
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They will mess up your garden like monsters. And if you have neighbors there gardens too.

You can sell the feathers.

People I know around here have some, thankfully not near me.
 
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At what age can they be sexed?
What do they eat?
Are they pretty tough birds or do they get sick a lot?
Is there a problem keeping them around chickens and Turkeys?
What kind of coop should I have for them?
I see alot of people let them free range and they roost in the trees at night,
Howe do I train them to return home?
 
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To a peacock/peahen, 'home' is UP. Up in a tree, up on your roof, but not on the ground.

They make lousy neighbors. They are very loud - people a block away will complain.
They shit more than they screech - your roof will become a manure pile, your driveway too slick to walk on.

They do become very faithful to those who feed them, and do brighten up a landscape.
I see them more as 'eye candy' than for any permaculture function.
Don't expect a decent meal out of them.

If somebody offered me a free pair, I would politely say "No."



 
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They'll stare you down if food is involved.
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Are they really that loud, I don't want them for anything but a pet that will look nice walking around the property, What do they eat? I need to do a google search on the noise they make.
 
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It is an absurdly loud noise. Probably at least twice as loud as the average rooster.
I have read that they are susceptible to blackhead, like turkeys, and so would be unsafe around chickens.
 
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ANyone Know where to get some, SHipping would be great. Thanks
 
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MurrayMcMurray handles both day olds, and juvenile birds.
 
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I picked up to 7 month old Peahowl today, a India Blue Peacock and a Jade Spalding Peahen, Hope it works out.
 
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If there Head feathers, maybe called crest feathers are pulled out by other birds will they grow back?
 
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