I’ve been perusing the United Peafowl Association’s website a lot lately. There’s a lot that I didn’t know that I didn’t know and MAN have they been helpful! (if the site appears too large for your screen, just Command and – till it fits, they’re making some changes).
The bad part of this? I’ve learned a LOT. Made some great connections, and voila…had someone contact me because they knew we were looking for chicks. They wanted to re-home a few, because they have too many and want to keep a certain number, but wanted to make sure they were going somewhere with someone who wasn’t going to just ignore them. Basically, I think they pegged me a sucker, and they were SO right! The previous family are incredibly nice people, I’m not being mean at all.
So on Wednesday after a trip to the National Zoo in DC (GO, it ROCKS!), our friend Grace and the kids and I went a few minutes out of our way to pick the chicks up. We debated names nearly the whole way home, opened it to facebook, laughed like crazy at a few of the suggestions and chose 3.
Pickle – I’ve been up to my ears in pickling cucumbers this week. The kids felt it was a logical choice.
Penguin – We were at the zoo the day we picked them up.
Pepper – Goes well with “Penguin?” At least that’s what I’m being told.
You’re waiting for more pictures, aren’t you? Hang on, I’m getting there!
Princess was penned that day, because I knew they were coming home with us. I wanted to see if she would be a surrogate mom. She wasn’t….that day. Now they’re getting used to each other, and she’s been watching them intently, so she may actually end up adopting them. I’m hoping that she’ll adopt Pip, who has yet to hatch. More on that later.
So…we’ve been watching Pickle, Pepper and Penguin since Wednesday and they seem to be settling in nicely. They fly WELL already, but were hatched mid-May from what the previous owner told us. So they’re about 2 months old, rambunctious and pretty timid. They know where their food and water is, thank goodness, and seem to feed themselves rather well. Princess shows them a few things through the wire though.
So, here are our newest friends….
Want even more? You can see their gallery here
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