IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION: Peafowl are shipped on Wednesdays, USPS Priority Mail Express, and will typically arrive in 1-2 days at your local post office. Peafowl are not available for pickup. Male peafowl with full tails may arrive with tails clipped or taped to facilitate shipping. Juvenile Peafowl are DNA sexed. Wings can be clipped upon request. Please inform Meyer Hatchery if you would prefer the wings clipped when ordering. Juvenile and adult peafowl ship for free.
Pied Peafowl, Pavo cristasus, is a color mutation of the India Blue peafowl, and pied birds bred together should produce all pied offspring.
Peafowl in the wild consume a diet consisting of seeds, grains, plants, insects, berries, and small reptiles, but peafowl kept in captivity will need a steady supply of standard game bird feed and a clean, fresh water source for optimal nutrition.
Pied Peafowl prefer a free-range environment, but can be kept in a large aviary setting with trees or shrubbery for cover, as they will nest on the ground but will also roost in the trees at night to protect themselves from predators. They will also need a protective shelter in the colder months to keep them out of the elements.
Adult males will reach an average weight of 9 to 13 pounds and adult females weighing approximately 6 to 9 pounds. Females are mature at 2 years of age and males at 3. Clutches of 4 to 8 buff colored eggs are laid between March and July with an incubation period of 28 days. Peachicks are born fully feathered weighing just over 3 ounces. Little ones are able to fly in only a few days. The lifespan of healthy peafowl in the wild averages about 20 years, but in captivity can reach 40 to 50 years of age.