Peacocks - Birds - Mating
Peacock-birds are polygamous. One peacock may mate with 4 or 5 peahens. Females do not lay eggs during their first year. They lay a few eggs during their second and third years. Peahens are capable of laying 5-9 eggs each year only by the 4th year. The most appropriate place for nesting is thick shrubbery.
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When the mating season comes, each male separates from the group and wonders off with three or four hens. Males spread their beautiful tails to win the hearts of females.
Peacocks - Birds - Care of the Young
The incubation period for peahen eggs is 28-30 days. Peahens may incubate their own eggs or eggs could be gathered daily for artificial incubation. The brooding period is the crucial time in rearing the young. It is advised to keep the young in the coop with their mother for the first week. The coop itself must be located in a warm sheltered and well-lighted place.
The young tend to grow faster and develop better on a balanced ration than on grains alone. The young need vitamins, minerals and amino acids to grow healthy. When grown peacocks and peahens may be fed with whole grains. Chopped vegetables and greens will add necessary variety to the diet of the young peacock-bird.
Peacocks - Birds - Housing
Before building housing for peafowl, consider the seasonal climate in your area and possible weather changes. Peacocks need protection from the cold and windy weather. When selecting building materials, think over the predator problems, size of the future housing and your budget. A barrier is needed to separate the pens. When covering the pens, it is recommended to leave a little slack in the material, as it will provide for some seasonal stretching. All these recommendations sound rather complex, however, everything considered, Peacock-birds will be satisfied with the conditions provided.
Peacocks - Birds - General Information Links
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America Zoo - Interesting facts concerning peafowl. Pictures.
Castlebury's Peafowl - India Blues, Black-shouldereds, Whites and Java Greens. Pictures.
Exotic India - Contains information on these wonderful birds.
Fact Sheets - Description, distribution and habitat, reproduction, diet and more information on peafowl.
Facts About Peacocks - Learn everything you wanted to know about peacocks.
Feather Site - Blue Indian Peafowl - Supplies photographs of several variations of the ostentatious peacock.
Indian Peafowl - Information on habits and habitats, history and more.
MSN Encarta - Peacock - Reference entry describes in detail the peacock's brilliant plumage, its diet composition, and the geographical distribution of some species.
Peacock Information Center - Info Center presents contact details and links for people and businesses selling peacocks, health supplies, hatching eggs and feathers.
Pavo Cristatus - Interesting information on peacocks in a story about them.
Pavo Cristatus Photos - View pictures of peafowl.
Peacock and Peahen - General description of peafowl.
Peacock Pictures - Pictures. Ozark Peafowl in Arkansas.
Peacocks - General information on peacocks your children might enjoy.
Peacocks of Portmeirion - View some peacock pictures.
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Peafowl Breeds - A list of peafowl breeds from around the world, provided by Cory Leed.
Peafowl Breeds and Mutations - A wide range of peafowl breeds and mutations on this site.
Peafowl in Brief - Short outline of peacocks.
Peafowl Info Center - Contains some basic information and facts on peacocks, including history, care tips and information on many types of peafowl available.
The Peacock - Basic information on these birds, references for more information.
United Peafowl Association - International organization lists breeders by area, offers an archive of news and developments, sells guides, and welcomes new members.