Peacock Attack

injured peacockI found a bunch of peacock feathers and then found him laying in the straw not able to stand up, breathing hard, and tilted.  I put him in the chicken pen of the barn, offered him some water and propped him up.  There appears to be a puncture wound on the right side of his head which I treated with Blue Kote.  I am thinking he is not going to make it.

I am not sure what attacked him.  The geese and him have been fighting a lot but I am not sure how a goose could have cause this type of injury.  Here is the scene of the crime.

scene of the crimeThe only feathers I see their belong to him.  I wonder about a raptor attack but would have thought he would have taken some feathers off.  Same with the geese or a rooster.  I really doubt an attack by a coyote, cougar, etc.  I really don’t think a rodent could have done this.  I am saddened by this.  I love having him around, spreading his beautiful feathers and even like his scream.  If he dies, our only hope is in the 4 eggs the penhen is currently sitting on.  We have never had any luck with her hatching eggs though.

peahen on eggsSo wish the peafowl luck getting through this difficult time.

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19 Responses to Peacock Attack

  1. Teresa says:

    So sorry to hear this. I hope he recovers, and I do hope your eggs hatch, either way. It’s fun to see the little ones grow up.

  2. Vicki says:

    So sorry to read this. I hope he pulls through.

  3. Tammy says:

    I’m sorry. I know how attached we get to them, especially those that are more noticeable characters. Perhaps he will pull through after he settles from the shock of it all. I hope so. It does almost sound like a raptor…maybe grabbed him, but didn’t have a good grip or something. Always something.


    • Donna says:

      You are right. It is always something! Tom says he is doing better this morning. He is standing up guarding the peahen on her nest. I hope he makes it and we figure out a safer spot for him.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Sorry about poor bird. My father has had some luck using silky chickens to hatch his peafowl eggs. Good luck with everything.

  5. Jackie Craw says:

    Sorry to hear about your peacock. I hope he makes it, he is so beautiful. This might sound kooky, but when my son’s guinea cock was attacked by a dog, his side was torn way into the muscle, and was infected by the time we found him. I had some Lincomycin injectible that was supposed to be intramuscular. Out of desparation, I just topically put it in the torn muscle wound, and by the next day he was so much better. he went on to recover. We kept him in our bathroom for about 10 days so we could watch him. sometimes these game birds can be pretty tough.

  6. Donna says:

    Thanks Jackie! He is doing a little better. Nice to hear your guinea cock survived. Our experience with pheasants is not good but maybe this guy is tougher.

  7. Denise says:

    Sure hope he recovers. Such a handsome guy!

  8. Lois says:

    So very sorry to hear Donna. I do hope that your little peahen hatches some chicks, and he might come back to you as young one.

  9. Birds never do well after this sort of attack do they
    So sorry

  10. Brandy says:

    I am so sorry to hear you lost him… Never easy to lose a critter… Here is hope and fingers crossed that your hen hatches out some lovely little chicks to help ease the pain of loss.

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