A male peacock becomes fully feathered at 3 years old, but can mate earlier.
A male peacock shuffles his feathers as he fans out so they are arranged nicely. Then he shakes them like an aspen tree at the nearest female, who usually ignores him, unless she’s ready to mate.
The peahens usually lay 2-6 eggs in their 2nd — 3rd year, hiding the true nest in the woods in leaves or just plain dirt, but first laying decoy eggs right in the open.
A peahen may lay several eggs which just sit around, until she gets serious about it and lays a clutch or group and sits on them.
The peahen sits on the nest for 28 days, producing pea chicks, which look like turkey poults (babies), yellow and brown. She leaves the nest once a day to eat and take care of personal needs, flying from the nest with loud cawing noises to distract predators from the hidden nest.
Peacocks need 32 percent protein — dried cat food does them quite well! They love white foods: bread, cheese, and even styrofoam pellets (very bad for the digestion). They also enjoy greens and fruits. When they eat your flowers, they are really looking for insects. They do eat alot of bugs!
Peacocks always fly up into trees at night, if they can — if they’re healthy or not in cages.
Peacocks molt and lose their beautiful plumage usually in August. A male can drop all his long feathers in one day!
White (albino) peacock
Peacock taking a walk
Peacock in all his glory
Did you know...
Earthworms come above ground when it rains, not to keep from drowning (as is frequently thought), but to look for mates.