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I've only known one person to keep them and I didn't know him that well.

Please excuse the stupid questions but can you eat them? The eggs? Do they live well with chickens?

They are obviously beautiful, but is that where it ends?
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They are beautiful ...

We had a pair to show up at our farm one year. (I thought cool) Now as I think back on it, it was one nasty trick.)

They love roofs, don't matter if it is a car, house or barn. So unless you plan to keep them up, they are not worth the problems you must deal with. (IMO)

And just so you know the only stupid questions are the ones never ask. ;)
We ended up with an Indio Peacock that could not get along with other peacocks. We housed him with a rabbit for about six weeks then let him walk out one day with the rabbit. The were best friends for over two years and were both loose on five acrea at the house. The peacock, bunny, chickens (ten) and rooster all live openly great. They would all come in at night and I'd lock them up safely. Then we dog sat and that was the end of Rodan our peacock and Jack the bunny. We just got a one year old "problem" white marked (forgot the species at this time) who is still jumping. We enjoyed our previous bird, and are hoping this guy will fit right in.
Do you eat the eggs?

I've never owned a peacock but think it would be an interesting bird to keep.
I have never eaten a Peacock Egg. We have enjoyed our "pet" Rodan for several years. I get up early, after the sun is up and dogs outside I will open up the chicken and peacock houses. The peacock about 1.5 hours later when my husband was up having coffee/breakfast would come and peak at the kitchen glass backdoor as my husband sat there waiting for his (the peacocks) little peace of toast. Very cute. These birds do make a loud noise hollar.
There is a nature walk here in Idaho, that has tons of peacocks. I like to go and feed them at the end of the walk. The caretaker steps on and crushes his eggs. I think he doesn't want anymore peacocks or the eggs aren't worth eating?? If and when I get more land, I would love to own one.
Be sure to have a very high roost for peacocks. The tail gets really nasty if the males can't keep them off the ground while sleeping. Our neighbor raised them for years with other dry birds but the males had to roost in the barn mow or their tails became liabilities.
You can eat the eggs, they don't lay as often and as consistently as chickens. So having them as asource for eggs isn't practical. Mainly they are just pretty to look at.
We never had a "first egg" with the peacocks we had ... So we never did try them. (Not that I found anyway)

They are a cool bird but been there and done that. :p lol (Just like the Emu ... :eek: )
Indian Blue;

We have on Peacock we raised from a young bird. It has adapte well with our chickens and ducks. When he was a little over half grown he didn't want to go in with the chickens. We had to coax him in each night. I can whistle now and he knows he is somewhere he is not supposed to be.

I worry sometimes when I catch him going toward the road. He is curious to a fault. Once while I was working in the barn I saw the neighbors dog creeping toward the barn on his stomach. I went to the door and found the peacock creeping toward the dog.:eek: I chased the dog off and those neighbors have since moved. Our chickens for the most part stay inside the fence. The peacock can fly over the barn.

I'm not sure we need more than one peacock. Some friends a few miles away have a larger farm and some woods. They have several peacocks and sell the feathers.


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A peacock on the roof made me laugh. Great photo! I've thought of peafowl. Don't think I have the space.
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