Peacocks, the males of the peafowl species, can be quite territorial. Often the peacocks will remain in a small area even when allowed to roam free. You can use this natural behavior to help a peacock stay in its new home without fences. Usually within a couple of days, a peacock will start to feel comfortable at a new home and stay nearby. However, every bird is different. Some may take a week or two to become acclimated to its new surroundings.
Things You'll Need
- Peacock food
- Roosting site
Feed the peacock an unending supply of food for one week in the area you want it to stay. Provide the bird with formulated commercial poultry feed and chopped produce. Keep the bowls filled at all times during this transition phase. Although free-range peacocks will forage for seeds, plants and insects, they will be less likely to wander away if they have free food. Reduce the feeding to once a day after the peacock is comfortable and allow him to eat food found on the property.
Get your peacock a friend. These birds live in flocks. Getting a peahen or another peacock will encourage your bird to stay nearby.
Provide high perches for roosting or a cage to sleep in at night. These birds will sleep about 10 to 15 feet up in a tree. If you have lots of trees on the property with easy-to-reach branches, the peacock will feel comfortable roosting in his new home and not leave at night for safety. Provide a large cage or chicken coop for him to go to at night if you do not have roosting trees. Lure him with food.
Tips & Warnings
- A peacock in a new home will appear obviously agitated and constantly dart around until he gets his bearings. Once comfortable, he will stop running and look calm and relaxed. This transition may only take 24 hours for some birds.
- "Story's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds"; Carol Ekarius; 2007
- "The Practical Encyclopedia of pet Birds for Home & Garden"; Don Harper; 1986
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