Beauty for lots of money: How to rear peacocks
Peacocks belong to the ornamental birds family and are reared mainly for their beauty, feathers and in some countries, meat.
Peacock breeds include Blue Indian, Black Shoulder, Bufford Bronze, Charcoal, Cameo, Green Peafowl (Java Green), Opal, Oaten, Spalding, Purple, White, Pied lists online publication roysfarm.com.
The Blue Indian peacocks are considered as the most beautiful birds that are mostly raised for their mild and timid nature.
Peacocks feathers attract almost all types of people. The meat of a peacock is also very tasty, nutritious and healthy though very expensive and not readily available in the Kenyan market.
Peacock feathers also have huge demand and value for decorating houses.
Peacocks change their plumage once a year and you can get about 150 to 200 feathers from an adult bird every year.
Recent media reports had that that a single male peacock feather goes for Sh300.
Male peafowl is referred to as peacocks and female peafowl as peahens.
The corrective collective term for both sexes is peafowl.
Peacocks always love to stay in a group. Usually, you will one peacock with five to six peahens in a group.
They are omnivorous with grain, vegetables, seeds, fruits, insects, small fish, snakes, and frogs being their favorite food adds roysfarm.com.
A farmer has to provide a sufficient amount of fresh and clean water daily.
Peafowl drinks water during their midday rest and while eating in the late afternoon. They drink again just before going to roost.
Peahens lay about three to five white eggs per lay by making a small hole in the ground. The eggs can be sold to any potential buyers.
It takes about 27 to 30 days to hatch their eggs.
The average life expectancy of peafowl is around 35 years.
They reach sexual maturity at three to four years of age highlights roysfarm.com.
It is usually the male that attracts the females.
Each peacock mate with six to six peahens in his group during this season.
Peacocks love dust baths where they clean themselves by vigorously rubbing their plumage in dust and dry soil.
Peacocks require warm, high and long shelters that are well-ventilated and safe from predators with feeding and drinking hanging dishes.
It should be well covered and fenced with wire mesh to prevent escaping with a good roosting place adds roysfarm.com.
Blackhead disease is a great health challenge especially when they are mixed with chicken which can be avoided by not mixing them with chicken.
A mature peacock goes for about Sh72,000 to Sh100,000.
One needs a permit from Kenya Wildlife Service that goes for Sh1500 and is renewable annually.?