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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:27 pm Reply with quote

I was walking along the path between my peafowl pens in the morning sun
while thoughts of each bird's features and genetic relationship to eachother
percolated through my mind ---hmmmm....am still able to walk and think at
the same time Wink Was trying to find a female with Neverland the insane
in her ancestry. Neverland died at age 13 having mated only once--quite
accidentally while trying to kill a peahen named Malpo. I separated them
and in the following week I collected three eggs from Malpo. One of those
eggs turned into Everest (see the peacock in avatar). Everest had two
black shoulder spalding daughters from his green cousin Confused
Those are big mean peahens that sometimes eat a peacock's feathers Shocked
It would be interesting to try crossing these with Sun Spot Idea but on the
other hand I hate the smell of blood on feathers and I have had to stitch
poultry skin way too many times Shocked It is wise to do much careful
observation and thinking--before going ahead and making a big mistake Laughing
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Sun Spot has informed me that he will attack me just as soon as he gets
enough hormones. He did this by rushing in my direction to see if he could
scare me. Considering the behavior of both his parents it would be astonishing
if this bird fails to attack me...so the only question is:
How long is he going to keep me waiting Question Meanwhile I must try hard to not
incite him to perform his first full contact attack because some peacocks
live a very long time and NEVER give up trying to beat up on the
keeper. But some of them dovote less energy to this after learning that
the keeper can grab him and hold him. I have tried hard to make peace
with my bad peacocks but when my patience wore thin after Sun Spot's
father hit the feed bucket spilling feed I grabbed his train and dragged
him backwards accross my country sized yard and back to his pen.
This did NOT reform him but it did make him more cautious in the timing
of his attacks. Since peacocks hate to be hugged this is a good thing to
do to bad peacocks Confused I wish that there was a way to enter a peacock's
territory without rousing his desire to defend it

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:21 pm Reply with quote

In the warm sun of a Sunday afternoon I was giving some pieces of white bread
to Sun Spot and his two green sisters. As usual the sisters took the bread from
my hands without pinching my skin but Sun Spot was testing me by pecking hard
as he took the treat. And when no more bread was available he tried staring me
down and even pecked the zipper of my open jacket doing his best to provoke me
into making the first strike. There is just NO WAY to keep the peace but I can
refuse to be the first one to break it.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:35 pm Reply with quote

I did try putting the two black shoulder spalding peahens with Sun Spot
and things were OK for about a week. Today he was beating up on one
of those peahens Rolling Eyes
I moved him to a pen with two other peahens and, so far no violence
but must be ready to move him again.

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