1 My Black Shoulder Pied peacock has settled in nicely with his peahens. His train is growing so beautifully.
2 The peahens are also looking so healthy and happy. When near peafowl, always talk softly and keep your eyes averted - this tells them you are not a predator.
3 They enjoy being in their coop where it is warm and cozy, but they spend most of their days outdoors.
4 Now that the peahens are a year old, they're used to a lot of visitors - these girls are very friendly.
5 Only the males have the elongated upper tail coverts. Females have short tail feathers, and are duller in color. Now that they're older, it's easy to see how different they are in appearance.
6 Both male and female peafowl have a fan-shaped crest on their heads called a corona. It may take up to one year for a corona to reach full size.
7 These young peafowl have beautiful feathering and are alert and curious. They all came out of their coop to say hello.
8 Many of these birds stay close to their coops, where they are familiar and can access food and water, but I keep all my birds enclosed in pens to protect them from predators.
9 Peacocks are polygamous and usually form harems of two to five peahens. This lucky peacock has a harem of three.
10 And he is very good about keeping watch over his peahens.
11 These three girls like to stay together.
12 Peafowl are very smart, docile and adaptable birds.
13 Yearling peafowl act much like teenagers - they play, pester each other and love to explore if allowed.
14 At top speed, peafowl can run at about 10-miles per hour.
15 India Blue peahens have brown crests, white throats, greenish breasts and cream abdomens. The rest of the bird is a brownish grey.
16 The Black Shoulder Pied peahen is basically white in color, with a lot of black present and a reddish-tan patch on the neck.
17 Here's a quick shot of one of the peahen's tails. When they feel uncomfortable, they may fan their tail feathers to look bigger and more menacing.
18 She held it up long enough for a couple quick photos, and then put it down - so pretty.
19 In a few more months, this peacock's train should be full sized at about five feet long, taking up nearly 60-percent of his total body length.
20 Remember, only males are called peacocks. They are all peafowl, but these females are peahens, and their offspring are peachicks.
21 No one at the farm has been able to get a photograph of this peacock's fanned tail yet, but the first one who does may just get a prize.
22 In the wild, these birds select homes in varied, deciduous forests, and cultivated lands near villages. To hide from predators, they often roost high up in trees.
23 My peafowl love to perch on this tree to get a better view.
24 Peafowl have very acute eyesight and hearing, but can be poor at discerning the direction from which a sound is traveling.
25 As beautiful as these birds are, they don't make very melodious sounds. They are very loud, and can often be heard across the farm, but most of the vocalizing is done by the peacock.
26 Peafowl are ground feeders and do most of their foraging in the early morning and evening. As omnivores, they eat insects, plants, grains and small creatures.
27 Peafowl can be quite clever, especially when recognizing who their regular feeder is - they also get lots of delicious fresh greens here at the farm.
28 These birds can fly short distances, but prefer to walk most of the time.
29 They are very hardy birds, and even though they are native to warm climates, they do very well in cold weather as long as they have access to dry perches away from strong winds.
30 See you soon, my handsome peacock.