Breeding peacocks at home
Perhaps the idea of raising peacocks at home is not familiar, but some of those who have gardens with large areas may seem to them quite acceptable. A single peacock needs an area of 25 square meters to spread its feathers comfortably, avoid the transmission of diseases, and reduce the chances of fights and injuries between peacocks. The following are the essential tips that should be taken into account when raising peacocks:
- Providing a safe shelter to protect them from wolves, dogs, and foxes, houses built on trees are the best option for peacocks.
- Provide a special place for nesting, brush it with straw, and provide a heating lamp to protect birds from the cold, mainly because wet and muddy conditions cause tail feathers to break and lead to disease.
- Adjust the barn’s temperature in which the peacock chicks live so that it does not fall below 35 degrees Celsius during the first four or six weeks of their life, then start by lowering the temperature at a rate of 2 degrees Celsius every week.
- Separate the chicks from other peacocks until they reach puberty.
- We are conducting medical examinations periodically to ensure the peacocks’ health status, control external parasites such as lice and mites, and give the peacocks anthelmintic medicines once every two months.
Peacocks in the wild feed on grains, insects, reptiles, small mammals, berries and figs, and the leaves, seeds, and plants’ flowers, As for the domesticated peacock, its food should consist of 5-10% of peanuts or sunflower seeds, and its diet can supplement with vegetables or vegetable mixtures. For peacocks, or turkey or chicken that sold in stores, fruit and bread can offer to peacocks from time to time, and peacocks need a lot of fresh and clean water, and chicks need protein-rich food during the first three months of their life, which provided by prepared foods Chicken specials which sold in stores.
Caveats raising peacocks at home
When considering raising one or more peacocks in the home garden, the least aggressive species should choose. It is the Indian peacock or the blue peacock. It does not recommend selecting the green peacock because it is not adapted to live in cold climates and because buying and selling it may be classified as a kind of illegal trade in many countries. In general, it is necessary to deal with peacocks with caution and attention. Because the peacock is a territorial animal that ferociously defends its places of influence, and because the female becomes very aggressive and may attack anyone who approaches her eggs, and it is preferred to keep children away from the peacocks as much as possible; Because watching a peacock spread its wings with all those eye-like shapes that sprout on it can be a frightening experience for them, and it may lead to dread and fear that can haunt them for an extended period of their lives.