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Pea cocks
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REDNECKMATT    Posted 07-06-2002 at 06:20:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got a pea cock and a hen abought a month a go and I want to start to let them out with my chickens a little at a time. I let the hen out and she flew up in a tree and just sat there all day and all that night then came back the next day. Before I let them out again I want to clip there wings, can any one tell me how this is done?

DHunter    Posted 07-07-2002 at 04:19:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't do it. Peafowl are very proud and independent animals. Clipping their wings would be tanamount to removing their primary defensive mechanism which is flying and roosting in tall trees. You need to keep them penned up until they are completly 'at home' in their new environment. After a while let one out and keep the other penned up. After a few weeks of doing this they will have established themselves and then then let them both out. They still have a tendency to wander and have a wide range. If you have close neighbors, I hope they like peafowl.

The biggest problem that I have with them, especially the males, is they get on the hood of vehicles and scratch the paint. They look at their reflection in chrome parts or dark reflective paint and feel they have to gain a position higher than the image they see.

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