Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Peacock has Landed



Domestic Update: The Peacock has Landed! I know you all are interested in my renewed efforts to get a tractor next summer for my birthday. I think I will get major points here. I went out and bought Mrs. PJM her own flock of peacocks. Flock you ask? Yes, a flock. Five, altogether. You can only see several in the picture, but there are four babies and the Mama, which together would qualify as a flock. The other babies are hiding under her wing. Knowing Mrs. PJM is sensitive about her kitchen, I did not put them in the kitchen, but put them out on the screened in porch. I am sure she will be surprised, as she never asked for peacocks, and never expressed any interest, so I am pretty sure she will be surprised to come home and find them on the porch. Yep, I can see myself put put putting on that little tractor already. OK, for full disclosure, I did not really buy the peacocks, they were "free to good home" in the newspaper, but nonetheless, I did take the time to go get them. Well, I did not actually go get them, I had my mom run and pick them up for me, but I did get things set up for them out on the porch. Yep, this is going to be big.

36 comments:

  1. Question:

    Does anybody know what peacocks eat?

    PJM

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  2. If Mrs. PJM thought that the flags flapping the wind made noise, just wait until the peacocks start in. They can be very "vocal". However, you'll never have to worry about anyone sneaking up to your house ever again. Good Luck.

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  3. Are peacocks loud? I guess it is OK as long as it is not early in the morning.
    PJM

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  4. This video says it all.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaH0Q42lbGw

    and yes they call out anytime of the day or night.

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  5. Peafowl are omnivorous and eat ticks, termites, ants, locusts, mice, plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, scorpions and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians. Wiki.

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  6. That one was loud. Mine just go peep peep peep, so I dont think we have a problem.
    PJM

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  7. Ray in UK;
    Mrs. PJM does not like any of those things, so that should make her even more thrilled with them. I wonder what I should feed them in the cage.
    PJM

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  8. Ah, yes they are cute and quiet now but they grow up.

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  9. If you go to Peafowl Wiki there's
    a button, about halfway down.
    Press, and you hear what a peacock
    sounds like. No peep peep sounds.

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  10. yer in biiiiiiig trouble mister,
    just like puppies an kittens,they growup,an the PEEPS will disappear,i fear all hope for the tractor,will also disappear,,,
    oldbear.

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  11. PJM,

    You are on the road to disaster, my friend, unless you free those fowels before they mature into walking fire alarms. Tell Mrs that you just wanted her to see them because they are so cute and then turn them loose at your mom's house. Since you will always be her Llittle Boy, she will not harm you like the Mrs will once they start squaling.

    They will be a constant reminder of your folly and you will never, ever see a tractor. The closest thing you will have to move dirt will be the shovel you already have and your daughter, being a woman, will not help you.

    Oh yes, I agree with the other contributors here that you should move quickly to get the fawcets fixed whether you do it or, God forbid, you have a plumber do it.

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  12. Al,
    But they just go peep peep peep. It could not possibly annoy Mrs. PJM.

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  13. OH Boy! You have messed up now. Who's gonna take care of them?

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  14. You have to take care of them?
    PJM

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  15. Peacocks... very pretty, pretty loud.

    You won't have to worry about a good night of sleep sneaking up on you!

    I have to agree with the others, despite what I said the other day about doing the faucet yourself. At this point, call the plumber and get that done right and quick, and if Mrs. PJM makes a peep, even a visual peep, about the peacock and peakiddies, ... hey, Texas is a big country. Best wishes!

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  16. so cute! You will be fine, and before you know it, you will have a flock of peacocks and hens to do all sorts of garden maintenance/ pest management things around the house!

    And after they have all grown up i am sure the neighbourhood kids will be at your fence every afternoon to try and catch a glimpse of your managerie. I used to look at the ones over my Aunts fence all the time i was there!

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  17. PJM:

    They look really cute. I hope Mrs. PJM likes them and they aren't too much work.

    Keep us posted. This will either make or break you.

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  18. SmartGirl really IS smart. I now wish I'd been so much more diplomatic like she was!

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  19. PJM:

    This is not related to the peacocks, but how's your student, Dustin doing?

    I've been wondering if he took his trip to Washington yet and what his plans are for the fall.

    Hope he is still doing well. I love that website your students made.

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  20. Joe:

    Thank you for the compliment. However, I have to say that being tactful is usually not one of my strong points.

    I'm glad I was successful today.

    Anyway, the peacocks ARE cute.

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  21. Smartgirl,
    Dustin is doing well. He had a great trip to Washington, and is working this summer to save money for college. He starts wind turbine technologists program in the fall, which will take 18 months. Wind turbines are going up everywhere around here, and with the degree he will be assured of a great job. Thanks to all who helped support and encourage his efforts.

    Note to self - DO NOT feed leftover hormel chile to peacocks. They respond negatively to this food source. Try alternative food source.
    PJM

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  22. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion......

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  23. I am sure we are all proud of Justin!

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  24. Al,
    They were FREE peacocks . . . what could possibly go wrong.
    PJM

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  25. Actually, PJM, my Mrs says they are very good to eat. Maybe I should reassess my position on this. You are either in big trouble or Mrs PJM will cook them for you in her wonderful oven. Like the difference between night and day from your standpoint.

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  26. Al,
    Eating peacocks . . . sure you have to bring up that painful memory:

    http://old-photos.blogspot.com/2008/04/my-friend-goya.html

    PJM

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  27. Sorry about that. I had forgotten what Moya did to silence the peacocks. Hope fully you can just let these escape to a far away neighbor's house.

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  28. LOL. Very cute, but....they do grow up. Can be pretty but probably noisey??
    I hope you figured out what to feed them by now, PJM.

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  29. aww. they're so cute.

    It was nice knowing ya, PJM.

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  30. Haha I Don't know if she'll like that /

    My mom gave me a rooster one time
    ,some one ended up stealing him one weekend when we were away .
    Let me tell ya I didn't miss him.
    I almost through a party when I found out .


    One good thigs about owning Peacocks:

    If you run out of real food then you alway have something to eat !

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  31. I know they like corn although I don't know if it is good or bad for them. Where I volunteer at the ghost town there used to be a pair but the peahen was hit by a car (danged tourists!). The peacock is gorgeous but lonely. It's not a long drive from Texas to Barstow, CA so maybe if Mrs PJM doesn't like them you can drop them off in the middle of the night and keep the peacock company. They are loud, but on a large property, honestly, you won't be too bothered by them. They will find places to live that won't bother you. When they are lonely they are the loudest, in my experience.

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  32. Oh yes, they are loud. My husband and spent a month in Valladolid, Spain...they have a wonderful park there with a lot of peacocks. We visted everyday. Little nervous that you picked these up and now solicit for info on how to take care of them. Hope the Mrs. gets home soon before you do something you shouldn't!!!

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  33. PJM, Don't kid yourself! "peep peep" is just the baby sound. Wait till they get older.
    Voice of a Peahen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pREWRn5WYyo

    Voice of a peacock
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IF-UXYyilw&NR=1

    Peacocks are fantastic and entertaining birds but they are noisy! They'll eat plenty of insects, which is great and they will eat all the tender things in your garden which is not so great. Then they will poop a lot.

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  34. I have had a couple of country places in my day, and one of them came to me equipped with peafowl.

    I was a neophyte, and didn't ask why the previous occupant was willing to toss the peafowl in with a deal that was already sweet from my point of view.

    They are extremely noisy, with harsh, unpleasant cries. They are wild, and their droppings are - let's just say abundant.

    Good luck with that, my friend.

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  35. peacocks eat cat food. There are loads of them at a park here in Bakersfield, CA. Cat lovers feed ferral cats at the park. The peacocks eat the food left for the cats.
    Peacocks are VERY LOUD. They make wonderful watch dogs. Sometimes they sound like a clarinet warming up ala Benny Goodman. I love them though. Hope you and the MRS. enjoy them too.

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