How to Raise Peafowl for Profit
- 1). Prepare a caged enclosure before the new peafowl arrive. Peafowl need to be enclosed and require approximately 100 square feet for each adult bird. The cage must be at least 6 feet tall due to the height of a mature male peacocks feathers while in full plumage. Lightly cover the bottom of the cage with straw. Set the water and food containers on different sides of the cage to prevent these sloppy eaters from making a mess. Stock the feeding trays with gamebird food. Furnish the enclosure with some trees or posts to be used as perches. Peafowl do not sleep on the ground and need a place to perch.
- 2). Purchase young peafowl from a reputable breeder. Make sure to buy more females than males. Male peacocks can mate with multiple peahens depending on the size of their feathers. Longer feathers attract as many as five peahens for mating. It is not recommended for novice bird breeders to try and hatch fertilized eggs to start a flock.
- 3). Worm your birds once a month. A liquid dewormer is applied to the birds drinking water.
- 4). Look for signs of mating. Male peacocks dance around the peahen while in heat making loud noises and displaying their feathers. Receptive peahens gently cluck and lay on the ground. The male will mount the female for fertilization.
- 5). Gather any fallen feathers from the male after mating. This is the first opportunity to make some money. Many artists supply stores and decorators will buy peacock feathers.
- 6). Encourage nesting after mating is complete. Distribute more straw on the ground. Females will begin laying eggs each day beginning in the spring. Fertilized eggs that are destined for sale must be incubated immediately upon removal from the peahens' clutch and kept at 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Peafowl eggs are usually sold from home. Local advertisements and word of mouth attract potential customers interested in purchasing fertilized peafowl eggs.
- 7). Keep newly hatched peachicks warm. Put them in a brooder at 95 degrees and lower the temperature five degrees each week for the first 6 to 8 weeks. These peachicks can be sold.
- 8). Place an advertisement in the local paper. Make sure to include species, price, age, and contact info. Approach flower and jewelry stores. They may be interested in purchasing feathers. Fertilized eggs and peachicks may be sold to others interested in raising peafowl for profit. Some additional potential customers may want to raise these beautiful birds as a pleasant aesthetic addition to their home. Others may even be interested in raising peafowl for the meat to be served at home or at a restaurant.