1 Here is my beautiful new Black Shoulder Silver Pied peacock. The Silver Pied is a white bird with about 10 to 20-percent color on it, including the bright iridescent blue. He also has white-eyed feathers in the train.
2 Upon arrival, we introduced the new peacock to the flock. Here they all are in the pen. I wanted to pair the Black Shoulder Silver Pied to my resident Black Shoulder peahen. They all came to greet the newcomer, but the resident male was understandably quite territorial.
3 The resident peacock is a Black Shoulder Pied. Both males have bright coloring that works in their favor as they seek out mates. We were watching the two very carefully.
4 The Black Shoulder Silver Pied peacock went into the coop, but the Black Shoulder Pied peacock was not far behind. Peafowl will peck at each other, so it is important to keep an eye on their behaviors in case intervention is needed - especially with the males.
5 Full grown, peafowl can weigh up to 13-pounds, and peacocks with their majestic trains can reach body lengths of more than five feet.
6 As a temporary solution until a new, more appropriate pen and coop are constructed, I decided we would use the old corn crib to house our new peacock and his hen.
7 Located next to the south horse paddocks not far from my clematis pergola, there is enough room behind the old corn crib to build a small enclosed yard, so the peacock and his hen could also spend time outdoors.
8 A small enclosure made out of long one-and-a-half by one-and-a-half wooden strips milled right here at the farm, and strong nylon netting was built next to the back side of the corn crib. It just needs a door, and a ladder for the peafowl.
9 Peafowl are territorial, flocking ground birds who will choose to stay where they are happy, but I keep them enclosed to protect them from predators.
10 Using the same materials, Chhiring made a small door frame for the side of the pen.
11 The netting was attached to one side of the frame using one-inch staples that were hammered tightly against the wood to keep it secure.
12 The netting was pulled as taut as possible across the entire frame. To keep it tidy, the ends of the netting were trimmed.
13 Wooden slats cover the netting edge, where it was stapled to the wood.
14 The slats were nailed to the frame sandwiching the nylon netting.
15 Chhiring lined the door frame to the space earmarked for the door to make sure all measurements were accurate before attaching.
16 Hinges were affixed to one side of the door, and then attached to the pen frame.
17 The rest of the nylon netting was secured.
18 A latch was installed to keep the door closed securely when needed.
19 Inside the corn crib, the peacock was safe and calm.
20 Remember, only the males are peacocks. The females are peahens, and both are peafowl. Babies are peachicks. And, a family of peafowl is called a bevy.
21 He and his peahen have ample water and feed.
22 My peahens are not shy at all. Because they have grown up here at the farm, they are all very accustomed to the crew and the construction noises. This peahen is already beginning to explore the corn crib.
23 It will take some time for the peacock to get accustomed to his new surroundings, but we will make sure he is very comfortable and safe here at the farm.
24 So far, there hasn't been too much interaction between the peacock and my peahen, but they are getting acquainted. If they breed, together they will produce chicks that are Black Shoulder Split White with white eye tail feathers, and Black Shoulder Split Pied with white eye tail feathers.
25 A heat lamp was set-up to provide warmth for cool nights.
26 And an indoor ladder provides a nice roosting spot. While peafowl are ground feeders and ground nesters, they still enjoy roosting at higher levels. In the wild, this keeps them safe from predators.
27 Boards were screwed into the sides of the corn crib to shield the peafowl from any wind.
28 Tree trunks and branches leftover from felled trees were gathered to create a natural ladder the peacock and peahen could use for entering and exiting the corn crib and into their outdoor space.
29 The shorter branches were screwed into the longer pieces to create steps.
30 Chhiring secured it to the doorway of the corn crib. The ladder is as wide as the door opening.
31 Just a short distance down to their new yard, the peafowl can now safely venture outdoors to enjoy the spring days.
32 Welcome to Cantitoe Corners.