Thursday, February 24, 2011

All Gone

All the Peacocks are gone.  They were great to have and I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to see what beautiful birds they are.  The pictures just don't do them justice. 

I have replaced the Peacocks with a small flock of chickens.  Just something new.  I will leave this blog here for a while and feel free to email me questions or make comments.

If you're looking for more information about peacocks check out the web site.  A ton of information and it's where I started gathering information before I got my first pair.

thanks to everyone who comments and remarked about my birds, it was a wonderful experience and who knows... someday there may be a Georgie II. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Only 1 Left

Georgie, LaContessa and the blue hen (never named her) have found new homes. All that's left is the 3 year old India Blue male.

If you're interested in purchasing him, email me at

See previous posts for pictures.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Peacocks for Sale

I've decided to give up the peafowl and move on to something else. I have the following for sale:

(1) 5 yr old India Blue peacock - full train, great dancer and has fathered many chicks $100
(1) 3 yr old India Blue peacock - train not full yet, very tame, will eat from my hand $ 75
(1) 3 yr old India Blue peahen - laid eggs last season, ready to breed $50
(1) 4 yr old Cameo/black should peahen - laid and hatched several chicks $75

If you're interested in any of these, please contact me at

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Exploding Eggs

Be careful.... peacock eggs as I'm sure chicken or any other kind of egg can EXPLODE. It happened to me and it wasn't much fun.

I've set 9 peafowl eggs under 3 different chickens. Three eggs each. That was about as much as I thought the poor little Cochin hens could sit on, the eggs are so much bigger than their own.

Well after almost 28 days, I thought I better look under this hen. Reached in under and to feel for the eggs and POP...wet gooey stinky mess all over my hand, the bottom of the hen and the other egg that was still there.

This hen went broody early, so she got the first couple of eggs the peahens laid. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at candling, so I couldn't tell if they were fertile. They obviously were not. After cooking under that hen (99 degrees) for almost a month I'm surprised it wasn't worse or smellier. Tossed the last egg (another ticking time bomb), cleaned up the hen and cleaned out her next box and she's right back in ready to sit on a golf ball if I had one to put under her.

Only thing funnier than peafowl... are chickens. Hope the other hens hatch some chicks in the next couple days.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Expect Lots of Chicks this year

I haven't posted in a while and not much has happened with my small flock. I have added chickens to my backyard menagerie. While I've loved the eggs they've produced, they are finally doing the chore they were purchased to do. I have 3 sometimes 4 Cochin hens sitting on 3 nest each with 3 peacock eggs. Pretty funny looking when 2 hens are trying to sit in the same nest box. They actually sit on top of each other.

Hope to have plenty of chicks this year.

Currently have one male (last years hatching) for sale. He's a very tame India Blue (split to Cameo). I'll post a picture of him soon. He's got a twin brother, but I need to keep one of them.

Email me at if you're interested.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Surprise Surprise Surprise

I do have chicks this year. LaContessa decided to start over again and I got 3 chicks from her. Not sure what color they're going to be yet. I brd here to Georgie (India Blue). They should be IB, but they seem lighter in color than her chicks last year. They were India Blues. Next couple weeks should tell.

I will be selling these chicks. I've also got a IB peacock and hen for sale. They are LaContessa and Georgie's chicks from last year. The hen should lay next spring and the male might have enough tail feathers to entice a hen. He's trying this year, but no flash, so no attention from the 2 girls. Email me at if you're interested in either chicks or year old birds.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

No Chicks this year

12 eggs in the incubator and not one live hatch. 10 eggs under a hen... all gone bad. Not very good luck this year with hatching chicks.

La Contessa (Cameo BS - 10 eggs), kept cracking her eggs and eventually they all went bad and smelly..... so I had to toss them. She wasn't happy.....neither was I. She was the only hen I got to set. My other hen is younger and only laid a couple of eggs.

Georgie is still dancing... thought I don't think anyone (but me) is watching. But you never know... Now that La Contessa isn't sitting on a nest any more...Georgie might pick up the pace............I'll be watching for the hen to start laying again.

Next year.... they all go to the chickens to hatch. Hopefully, they will do much better than either myself or the Contessa (Cameo BS Hen)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Chicks on the way

As of today I have 12 peafowl eggs in an incubator, 2 on hold in the back hall and 3 in a nest in one of the pens.

It looks like it's La Contessa's nest, but I think my other blue hen is laying in it as well. Her and Georgie have been spending a lot of time together.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Purple pair has new home

The pair I had for sale have found a new home. Georgie (india blue) is dancing up a storm with these warm days recently and I expect eggs in the next couple weeks.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Too Many Male Dancers

Spring is here and the boys are doing their dances. I currently have more peacocks than I have room for. I've decided to sell my purple pair to make room for another IB male that I hatched last year. He's the most tame and friendliest bird I have and I just can't part with him. Unfortunately, he's getting older and Georgie (my first IB peacock) is getting tired of sharing his space.

The male is 5yrs old and hen is 3yrs. She's a good layer and mother.

Cost is $200 for the pair. I am not shipping at this time. Please email or call me (502 - 419-1291) if you're interested. I'm located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Chicks by Derby

Dad and Mom posing for a family picture.

Well not quite a family yet. She is setting on 5 eggs and hopefully they should all hatch around the last week of April.

La Contessa and Benji will be parents soon. Was surprised at how early she began to lay, and set. It's only the first of April and she's setting on eggs already. Hopefully Mapp (the purple hen in with Georgie) will get to laying soon. So with 2 eggs in the incubator and 5 (maybe 6) under La Contessa...there should be lots of peeping going on soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

When Is Easter

Easter must be just around the corner, cause look what I found. First egg of the season and it still March.
I'm hoping for some interesting colors this year. I've mixed up my girls and boys this year. In the past I've breed blue to blue and purple to purple.

Last year when I lost my favorite blue hen, I decided to replace her with a Cameo Black Shoulder. But instead of putting the new hen with Georgie (my blue) I put her with Benji (the purple). Of course this ment I had to move Mapp (the purple hen) in with Georgie. Because the Blue is a dominant color I should get all blue (split to purple, but still looking like blues).

I think Benji might be split to black shoulder. That is he has the black shoulder gene but doesn't show it, so I'm hoping for black shoulder purples from this couple. Someone told me breeding Cameo to Purple is how the first Peach was created. Hmmmm....Only time will tell.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Peafowl for Sale

I have a couple birds for sale. All three were hatched this spring (Early June 2006)

The Blue hen is split to pied and has one white wing feather. The purple birds have no pied and are 100% purple. You can email me at or call me at (502) 418-1291. No Shipping

. $30.00



Monday, November 06, 2006

Nothing to do with Peafowl

OK..... this post has nothing to do with raising peafowl. I recently had a friend who started a new internet business and it's pretty interesting. Check out .

Here you'll find fun and healthy treats for man's favorite companion..... your dog. What I found fascinating about this site was the bereavement basket. How many of us think of our pets as members of our families. Whether it's your faithful companion Spot, or your best peahen, the lost of a pet saddens all of us.

Check out this site. Next time a friend looses a beloved pet, send them a basket, drop them a note or give them a call and let them know you understand their pain and sadness.

Friday, September 29, 2006

2006 Chicks for Sale

I have a couple chicks to find new homes for. I have an India Blue hen, a Purple hen and a Purple peacock for sale. I'm am not shipping at this time but if you're interested and can pick them up please email me at for more information. I will add picture of the chicks later.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

La Contessa

Newest addition - La Contessa Amelia Faraglione

Long name for such a small bird.....OK not so small. She's a 2-3 year old Cameo Black Shoulder hen. She's not very "pretty" in the picture but she's more creamy white with some light buff coloration. The plan is to breed her to Benji (purple - who is possibly split to Black Shoulder) and hope for some black shoulder Purples or maybe even a peach.

I originally purchased her as a replacement for Lucia (blue hen) I lost over 4th of July weekend. But I would get more interesting colors next sprint if I mix up my boys and girls a little this spring.

I purchased La Contessa from Troy Anderson in Campbellsville, KY. Here's a link to Troy's listing on the UPA Web site. If you're looking for a special color or some advice......Troy's the guy to talk to....... Thanks Troy.

If you're wondering where the names are coming from here's a link.;summary

I'm naming my birds after characters in this British sit com. Very funny if you like British humor....and I do.

Picture (Left - Ms Mapp, Right - Lucia, background - Georgie)

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Circle of Life....Continued

In a previous post I mentioned that I lost my favorite bird, Lucia...My blue hen. I've managed to save 2 of her chicks and with luck one will be a hen.

On another note of good news and showing how the Circle of Life continues no matter what we do....

My purple hen (Mapp) finally started setting on some eggs. This is her second season laying and after laying 12 eggs (only managed to hatch 1 chick out of those) and not getting the "setting" urge she finally got with the progam. Well that was almost 33 days ago. For those of you who don't know hatching takes 28 days.

This past Saturday morning I went out to her pen determined to take away, what I assumed to be dead or infertile eggs and wait patiently for spring to try again.

To my surprise when I finally got her off the nest...After a lot of hissing and some very dirty looks....Wow....4 chicks...fresh out of the shell. One was still wet and not quite dried off yet. Two eggs didn't hatch but that's 4 more than I expected.

Isn't mother nature grand......

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Peep Peep Peep Peep Peep Peep it never stops

How much noise can one small day old peachick make? You wouldn't believe how much. Happy to come home from a conference to find one hatched peachick in the incubator. I quickly moved it to the small brooder I setup before going to my 2 day conference so it would be ready.

Hope some of the other eggs hatch today but no signs so far. "Quaint Irene" as I will call this chick (hopefully she's a hen) apparently has imprinted on me and while that's pretty cool, it's gonna be a long couple weeks till she goes outside. She goes off every time I walk away from the brooder. If I stand right next to her or put my hand in the brooder she will stop peeping...give a couple of chirps as if to say "where have you been....I was calling you...) and settles down for a nap. Usually leaning up against the glass where I put my and or against my hand if it put it in the brooder.

The plan is to keep one purple and one 2 blue hens. Hopefully Quaint Irene will turn out to be a hen and I will get to keep her. I'll add pics to this post later.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Circle of Life

Having lost my best hen (Lucia - see prior post) and doubting my own skills at incubating the 12 eggs from my purple hen I was especially pleased to see Mapp (the purple hen) setting on a clutch of 5 eggs.

finally she gets with the program. Thought motherhood was beyond her but it looks like she's stepping into the top of the pecking order. Lucia the blue hen was definitely at the top of the pecking order. Even Georgie moved out of her way....Especially is she was escorting her chicks around.

With luck the 3 remaining blue chicks will have purple friends to play with. Hopefully some out of the incubator in the next couple days and from Mapp's clutch in about 4 weeks.

Nature....It's all about balance.....

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Part That's Not Easy

The worst part of raising any kind of animal is when you loose one. Yesterday I came home after being out of town for a couple days for business to find my best hen (Lucia) hanging from the aviary netting.

She must have been spooked by something and got her foot caught in the netting and was unable to get free. Her 3 remaining chicks are in a brooder and hopefully one or more will be a hen.

Guess my lesson here is to consider lights in the aviary (to discourage predators) and make sure that all birds have their flight feathers clipped. I've not done that recently and they are getting a little too much lift. If you've not done this it's very easy.

Flight feathers will grow back so you have to do it a couple times a year. On India Blue's they are the longer brown wing feathers. Be sure to only clip one side. The goal it to keep them off balance so they don't have a lot of lift. If you clip both sides they will learn to "flap harder" and not be discouraged to fly.

Of course DO NOT clip your free rangers. They need to fly.

Friday, June 09, 2006

She just keeps laying and laying

Mapp my purple hen just keeps laying and laying. Unfornutately she's not quite got the hang of nesting. Everytime it looks like she's building a nest she abandons it and drops another egg from the purch or in the yard.

So off to the incubator they go. Hopefully I'll have better luck this year than last.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Purple Boy Finds a New Home

Both Georgie (he's showing off in the background) and Purple Boy (on the perch ) are both gonna be happy with the new living arrangement. Purple Boy is getting a little too big to share space with Georgie, Lucia and the new chicks. He's also starting to show off a little more than Georgie likes.

Purple Boy has found a new home with a volunteer firefighter and his family here in Kentucky. Good luck Jay.......hope your family is happy with the surprise.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Well they finally hatched.

Lucia my India Blue hen finally hatched her clutch of eggs. I was hoping for a little better hatch rate but 5 is better than none.

Here is the empty nest with the unhatched eggs

Friday, May 12, 2006

Finnally getting with the program

Mapp the purple hen has finnaly gotten with the program is is building a nest for her eggs. Not the best nest and certainly not in the best location. It's the wettest...muddies part of the pen.

But at least she's nesting. Maybe no incubator
this year.....

As you can see peafowl eggs are twice the size of extra large chicken eggs.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Even more eggs

It's egg laying season in Kentucky. Birds, duck, and even peafowl. My blue hen (Lucia) has 9 eggs under her right now. Hope they all hatch. She's been setting for about a week now and the eggs should hatch right at Memorial weekend.

Mapp the purple hen has dropped 2 eggs so far and I do mean drop. One she laid from her perch (5 Ft drop) but the egg looks fine. Big pile of straw under the perch helps this time of year. Messy to clean up later but worth it to save her eggs. The other she laid in the peafowl yard. She's not "set" before but hoping she will get the urge otherwise the eggs are off to a chicken or the incubator for hatching.

Plenty of chicks for sale soon.