This critter visited the funny farm tonight!
The littlest peafowl are settling in quite nicely…I think. There isn’t actually any way to tell until they can be left outside the pen during the day. Princess hangs out on the fence a LOT near them, but when I tried to introduce everyone, she went after the little ones as if to drive them away. So who knows. Guess they’ll figure the pecking order out on their own.
We’ve determined that more than likely, all three chicks are peacocks. Not a hen in the bunch. So, they’ll be sold at some point, but I want to make sure they’ve had all their worm medicine and all that jazz first, so that a newer owner wouldn’t have to worry about doing that.
They’re funny little guys. They watch Princess through the fence a LOT, as if they want to join her. Again, we’ll see what happens when they’re offered freedom during the day. Another week of being penned up, learning where their food is found should do the trick.
We also had a viable Peabody/Princess egg in the incubator. Unfortunately, it won’t be hatching. Don’t know what happened, but movement ceased a couple of days ago and it should have “pipped” by now, well on its way to hatching, and just isn’t. So it’ll be in the incubator another day or two, but then it’ll have to be disposed of. I’m disappointed, wanted to let the kiddos see an egg hatching, but at the same time, I’m told that it can be tough to hatch peafowl eggs. So, its part of the adventure that just isn’t going to work out the way we hoped. If we’re lucky, Princess will decide on her own brood next spring. She was supposed to have had a successful brood last year, so again, we’ll see. Can’t do much more than shrug your shoulders and hope for the best.
Here are some more pictures of the little ones! They really are awfully cute, and they seem to think that peanuts make for a fabulous treat. Maybe that’s like ice cream to some of us??
Can you find Peabody's head? It took Blondie quite a while!
Crest feathers will molt and become colorful over time
Peanuts make great peafowl treats!
Pickle - he's the most striped and the smallest, for now.
This image really shows the size difference even though all were hatched within a day of each other.
Wondering what's up with the crazy human.