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Old 09-13-2010, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Our days down here are still in the high 80's to low 90's every single day. Why it might get down to 78 at night! Woweeeee!! NOT!
This week in the desert -- 95 days, down to 43 at night! Going to be a cold winter if it's this cool this early. The 50s would be normal but not below that!

 
Old 09-13-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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There is a nice arboretum in Arcadia, CA....quite a few acres....it used to be 'country', but it's right in the middle of town now. It was Lucky Baldwin's home..(one of the founders of Arcadia)..seems like it was his summer home, I can't remember. There are peacocks all over the place and sometimes neighbors complain.....I don't blame them, they squawk at odd hours and birds can get messy...
... and destructive too; they will eat all your new plantings, including young trees, down to the roots. I used to live next to a gaggle of peacocks! And "squawk" doesn't cover it. They sound like a woman screaming "HAAAALP!"

Lucky Baldwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I've somehow managed to avoid going there, tho I'm sure I'd love to spend a whole day among the flowies

Here's Montana's answer to 'em:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...States#Montana
 
Old 09-13-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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[quote=Reziac;15866185snip - I used to live next to a gaggle of peacocks! [/QUOTE]

Reziac, I am surprised at your nominclature. A group of peacocks in the neighborhood, are not called a GAGGLE. They are commonly refered to as "Targets of opportunity."
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Reziac, I am surprised at your nominclature. A group of peacocks in the neighborhood, are not called a GAGGLE. They are commonly refered to as "Targets of opportunity."
I do believe you're right, but at the time they wouldn't fit in my oven.
 
Old 09-13-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Hey, Peacock tastes a lot like pheasant, so not too bad.

Actually, peafowl are great in snake country, they eat them! My fathers place used to be lousy with rattlesnakes, but he has a flock of peafowl running around the place and hasn't even seen a snake in the past 9 years.

They are also outstanding watchdogs as they notice EVERYTHING and tell the world about it if a strange dog, or fox or coyote or skunk or whatever come around, and even react if there is a strange car coming up the driveway.

They are funny to watch in the Big Timber breezes because they have to find a sheltered place to fan or it blows them over LOL
They will get up on the roof of the barn and face into the win, streaching their head and neck straigh to streamline with those long feathers streaming out behind them in the breeze, look like they are really traveling without moving a step, or a really funny weather vane.

They are annoying with their noises, but fun to watch as they are really quirky birds that do a lot of funny things. Oh yeah, and the chicks can fly almost as soon as they hatch! One Peahen hatched out 2 this spring and I accidently found them in the tall grass. Spooked them and they took off like feathery bees!!
Their landings could really use work though....
 
Old 09-13-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Hey, Peacock tastes a lot like pheasant, so not too bad.

Actually, peafowl are great in snake country, they eat them! My fathers place used to be lousy with rattlesnakes, but he has a flock of peafowl running around the place and hasn't even seen a snake in the past 9 years.

They are also outstanding watchdogs as they notice EVERYTHING and tell the world about it if a strange dog, or fox or coyote or skunk or whatever come around, and even react if there is a strange car coming up the driveway.

They are funny to watch in the Big Timber breezes because they have to find a sheltered place to fan or it blows them over LOL
They will get up on the roof of the barn and face into the win, streaching their head and neck straigh to streamline with those long feathers streaming out behind them in the breeze, look like they are really traveling without moving a step, or a really funny weather vane.

They are annoying with their noises, but fun to watch as they are really quirky birds that do a lot of funny things. Oh yeah, and the chicks can fly almost as soon as they hatch! One Peahen hatched out 2 this spring and I accidently found them in the tall grass. Spooked them and they took off like feathery bees!!
Their landings could really use work though....
.........Just a 'quick little story" about Peacocks.............

About 10 years ago, my wife and I were awaken about 2 am by what sounded very much like a women screaming near our home in a wooded area, several miles out of town. Our dog (who sleeps in the utility room at night/ and out in a fenced dog-run in the day) was also upset with this noise.

Next morning I happened to look out on the deck on the south side of the house and here are two male Peacocks 'snuggled' up against the house wall in the sun...................ALL our potted flowers on the deck were eaten......the deck was covered with Peacock "POOH" and the dog was going nuts in his dog run...I had put him out there (otherside of the house) earlier in the morning. I got the garden house and chased the PC(s) off the deck and into the woods (& cleaned the deck off with the hose), and figured that was it. We had never even seen PC (s) before and figured it was a onetime thing....."WRONG".

Well after three more nights of thiis, I called: the Sherrif's office; the radio station; looked in the newspaper (lost & Found) and called the local Humane Society......................no one had reports of any PC(s) lost, stolen or whatever!!!
AND.........NOBODY wanted them!!!!!! or wanted ANYTHING to do with them.....in fact the Humane Soc lady said (And I Quote): "You're a hunter aren't you? You've got a shotgun haven't you?? Do what you've got to do"

End of story.........

P.S. Turns out, a friendly sherrif's deputy told me a few weeks later that he had heard that some new residents to the valley had them as pets and "after the novelty" had worn off.................they turned them loose about a mile away from my place...................just to get rid of them (AND the "screaming" at night!!

PPS: Fly Tying Fisherman were very appreciative of the "feathers"...........

Later...........Griz
 
Old 09-13-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Hey, Peacock tastes a lot like pheasant, so not too bad.

Actually, peafowl are great in snake country, they eat them! My fathers place used to be lousy with rattlesnakes, but he has a flock of peafowl running around the place and hasn't even seen a snake in the past 9 years.
Down where I lived by the infestation of peacocks, I found a place where a nest of baby sidewinders had come up out of a hole. None of 'em got more than 10 feet, tho there were lots of peacock tracks. So they're good for one thing, anyway!

Kinda like how even mosquitoes are good for something -- feeding bats. A little small for target practice, tho.

I sold a few of the tailfeathers I collected off the ground, but whatever you're gonna use 'em for, you have to do it quick, because they don't keep -- maybe it's local mites in the feathers or our total lack of humidity, but after no more than a year they'd start breaking down into dusty junk. Real pretty til then, tho.
 
Old 09-13-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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They are also outstanding watchdogs as they notice EVERYTHING and tell the world about it if a strange dog, or fox or coyote or skunk or whatever come around, and even react if there is a strange car coming up the driveway.
Guinea fowl are even better for that, and not nearly as annoying (just as noisy but you always know it's a bird!) -- they don't seem to get into and eat everything like peacocks do. I like the original barred black-and-white Guineas but they also come in piebald and all-white.
 
Old 09-13-2010, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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We had Guinea's on the farm, growing up. Great watchdogs and not bad eating either.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Seymour, Missouri
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We have Lavender Guinea's and beside watchdogs they eat Ticks and bugs so you don't have to OD on the Deet spray! And NO SNAKES. Love 'em
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