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  3, 2-yr old BS males attacking white hen
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stacir



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 6:13 pm Reply with quote

I have a 4 year old male, and 3 2-year olds, that I hatched out with 2 female BS. I also have a 3-year old white hen BS hen and a White hen, who lost her mate this fall. She usually roost by herself in the barn Yesterday, she came out, and my 3younger males are relentlessy chasing and attacking her. Today, she had some blood spots on her head from them pecking on her. It seems more like they are attacking her an not trying to mate her.

I now have the 3 males in a separate pen, to give my hen some relief.They don't pick on the older BS or the two younger BS hens that they were hatched out with.

Has anyone else had any experience with agressive males in packs picking on selected females?
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:13 pm Reply with quote

Yes, but don't know why this happens, I have had males beat up White Hens and leave all others alone and now I have a White Male that hates the White Hen Rolling Eyes all I can say is to keep them separate. I know I wasn't much help.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:05 pm Reply with quote

When Shasta (white spalding peacock) was one year old I had two females of
his age and type with him. Shasta began trying to beat one of the females to
death so I removed her. It was much later that Shasta began beating the
other female so spent some time alone. He is now nearly four years old and
living peacefully with a two year old green spalding female. Confused
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Neverland, the Insane (green spalding peacock) was of breeding age and
with two suitable females. He was abusive to both of them. It was while
trying very hard to kill the one named Malpo that he accidentally mated
with her. I let both peahens go through a gate into next pen and closed it.
The peahen named Firestone layed some warped aggs that were infertile
but Malpo layed three good eggs that hatched after being incubated by
my hatching chickens. One of those peachicks was a white spalding who
grew up to be a very nice looking peacock. Neverland died at age 13.
Firestone is alive but has not layed any more eggs. Malpo lives with a
green spalding peacock named Flash and they have produced offspring
of their own color (green) as well as white spaldings and black shoulder
spaldings. I have a hard time believing this is possible but I live alone and
there are no jokers or Easter bunnies to slip in somebody else's eggs :egg

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stacir



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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:47 am Reply with quote

Hmmmm. I did catch these three muskateers harassing my other black shoulder hens as well. Although, the BS hens seem to be a little more agressive and fight back. I have the three penned up. But I feel guilty because for the most part my peafowl are free range. But I guess I need to protect my hens as well.

From your experience, will they settle down after the breeding season?
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:33 pm Reply with quote

stacir wrote:

From your experience, will they settle down after the breeding season?

It is hard to say Confused
Some bad behavior may fade away with time but some is permanent.
All my peafowls are confined in pens at all times due to varmints (predators)
that want to eat birds that I feed Twisted Evil
Being confined certainly does aggravate territorial behavior (violence)
towards other members of the flock AND the person who feeds them Shocked
Tinker/Stinker,green spalding 1993 hatch, wants to hurt ME 365 days a year.
Midnight, black shoulder 1989 hatch. still wishes that he could attack me but
is becoming feeble. Even so he will peck my hand when I am filling feed box.
But violence towards peahens is more common during the breeding season.
Hand raised "pets" are more likely to attack humans.
Some peacocks just attack me. Some just attack peahens. But most
do both.
But I actually have one that has not attacked the peahens or me. He was a
year old when I got him in a trade several years ago.

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Randall



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:48 am Reply with quote

I have a purple peacock and every time he mates my white hen he tries to kill her. idk why
But when he breeds the other hens nothing happens. I have to separate her from him over night then put her with him the next morning and everything is fine. Mysterious if you ask me
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