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  • When purchasing peacocks for the first time, what age and sex should I get?
    Because peacocks are very social, I would never suggest having just one.  If you have two males, as they get older and you add Peahens, they will complete for the Peahens, however, if you have ample space for each to claim their territory, this should not be too much of an issue.  If you are not interested in breeding right away, two peahens would get along fine.  Ideally,  I  think having a non related male and female is the best way to begin.  Any age older than 5-6 months would be fine for starting out and I would try to keep them in the same age range if breeding.
  • Someone once told me her peacocks flew away, never to return.  How can I prevent this from happening when I get mine?
    I have also heard of this happening to many people. I feel blessed that my peacocks have never flown off.    I would suggest that when you get your peacocks, you should acclimate them in a large, comfortable contained area for a period of a few weeks to maybe as long as a month or more. (see housing your peacocks on this website)  This way you can go into the pen on a daily basis and feed and talk to them until they trust and accept you.  I can usually tell when my peacocks have been properly acclimated because when I enter the pen, they will not run from me or make clucking noises, but instead will remain calm.  I usually take treats like fresh berries or peanuts so they look forward to seeing me.  I have also heard that peacocks will not stay in a place if there isn't balance, calm, and peace around them.  I would not recommend mixing peacocks with aggressive, loud barking dogs on the property, or with lots of little kids around because the chances of having a calming environment will be slim.
  • If I get babies, how old do they have to be before I know their sex?
    This is a good question.  It is very difficult to tell the difference between the male and female until they are about 5 - 6 months of age.  Usually the male will begin to get color on his head and the female will have a brownish color on her head.  So what if you have a white peachick?  I am also trying to find the answer to that one since I hatched my first white peacock this year!
  • What other pets/animals will get along with the peacocks?
    I believe that once your peacocks are acclimated to you and their new property, they will be able to tolerate some other pets.  I have two large dogs, however, they were always housed in a separate kennel the first few years I had peacocks.  After almost a year, I would only let the dogs out if I was outside with them in order to immediately curtail any aggressive or playful acts towards the peacocks.  In time they have learned they are not to respond "at all"  to the peacocks....even if the peacocks are eating food from their dish in front of them!  We also have cats and the same applies to them, however, I have seen peachicks try to play with my 2 year old cat.  I also watched as my cat slept on top of our gazebo with her tail hanging down, when one of the peacocks walked by and saw the moving tale, he immediately flew up next to the cat to investigate.  Eventually they both took a nap side by side.  *I have a a dear friend who desperately wants a few peacocks, however, I had to tell him no.   He has 3 boys under the age of 7, ducks, geese, goats, an Emu, and a few other animals.  He lives on less than 3 acres and on a major boulevard.  This is not a place for peacocks.
  • Can Peacocks be aggressive?
    Yes.  However, I will say that I have never heard of this happening to anyone I know.  But, I have had one Peacock who has become aggressive. From what I have read, aggression is usually related to territory and only occurs during the breeding season.  Peacocks claim territory while mating.  If you come into their space they can try to protect their territory by jumping up at you with the spurs on their feet.  I dealt with my aggressive male by simply carrying a branch to keep him at bay.  Eventually, he became a bad enough nuisance that I had to cage him.  If his temperament does not change after the end of breeding season, I will have to come up with an alternate home for him.
  • What should I pay for a peacock? 
    When I finally decided that I wanted to have peacocks, I was about to pay $200/per peacock.  Luckily, I discovered this was a relatively high price for a common variety such as a black shoulder or indigo. I met a lady who bred peacocks and usually sold them for $75 to $50 apiece.  Because I eventually bought 4, she decided to sell the 4 to me for $175.  I was happy because I bought two adults ( 3 years and 4 years old) ready to breed and not related, as well as 2 babies, about 4 - 5 months old.  If the Peacock you decide to purchase has been hand raised, or is an unusual color, you may consider paying a bit more.  I have heard of auctions which sell peacocks for $40 but I don't think I would buy one without having some history about the care and conditions the peacock had previously.