Growing Peachicks

September 22, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on our little peachicks.  We ended up with three, and those three seem to be thriving.  They are in a big cage out in the back yard, up off the ground.  The chickens still come wandering around the cage, but the peachicks can’t reach the grass or anywhere the chickens might have left droppings.  This has worked out before, and will hopefully do so again.  No histomoniasis please! 

At any rate, these three are from 3 different hatchings, and all different sizes.

photo of baby peafowl

Three's a charm?

The oldest is about two months old, and the littlest one is only a month old.  For some reason it seems to me like they ought to be older, but checking back I see the first were hatched the latter part of July, and the littlest was hatched the latter part of August, and this is the latter part of September…. so no matter what it “seems” like, yep, they’re only 1-2 months old.

According to Tristan’s comment on Friday’s Four Fowl post, at three months we should be able to tell if they are male or female by the feathers on their back.  If they’re male, he says they should have barred feathers.  And the females should have solid colored feathers.

Well, they aren’t three months old yet, but I see a lot of barred feathers out there!  Guess time will tell if we have three peacocks, or maybe some peahens.

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