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Date:10/25/2014 9:49:57 AM
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Good Morning Fiesta! I had relatives in the Banks area (Pletcher). Sound familiar at all? Who lived on Greenfield? We lived there for 20 years so maybe I know them.

The Peacocks...we have never had less than three. We've had as many as 15. Right now we have seven. They are beautiful but their habits are alot like a wild turkey. They hang around the house but every once in awhile they will take off flying into the woods. They will not breed if kept in captivity. The females will go out into the fields and lay their eggs on a fence line in the weeds. When they lay they will leave the nest if the rest of the brood doesn't hatch within a day or two. They will take what has hatched and find another place to stay. One year we found an abandoned nest and heard the babies peeping inside the eggs. The mother had left the nest the previous day with only one chick. We had company and there was enough of us to warm the 5 eggs in our hands. Slowing over the course of an hour or so we picked gently on the outside of the eggs as the check picked from the inside. The result was that all the eggs hatched. It was one of the greatest thrills I've ever had. To hold a chick while it came out has to be rare, let alone a peacock. We were able to reintroduce 4 chicks to the mother and she readily accepted them. But one poor chick was under developed and couldn't stand. So we kept him a couple of days with us until he was strong enough to stand. When we tried to get Mommy to take him, she would have nothing to do with him and he kept coming back to us. I guess he had imprinted with us. He lived another couple of weeks and then he ate a moth that must have poisoned him because within an hour he was dead.
The Peacocks roost in a huge old Willow tree every night. During the day they wonder around the yard. In the spring they eat some of my flower buds and on the hot summer days they lay on some of the daylillys and other larger plants. It doesn't make me happy as gardening is a joy for me. But when I get upset, I just remember that I don't believe there is any flower that is as beautiful as a male Peacock fanned.

I'm sorry my reply is so long but once I get to talking "Peacock" I get carried away.

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