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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Looking for some lovely feathered friends for your farm? AND> The renewal of Poor Ugly Peggy

  Do you remember poor ugly Peggy from last summer?
 
She has recuperated over the winter months  to a wonderful degree, see here!

She has many admirers. They all treat her like a lady. They follow her around all day as if she were Her Majesty the Queen.

Unfortunately, in a few weeks they may realize that they are BOYS and act according to ROOSTER RULES, which are not so noble. At that point Peggy will be in trouble, with so many suitors.

 As much as I hate to do this,  it is sometimes necessary  to thin the herd around here.  When my lovely little lavender chicks arrived last spring, I hardly expected 6 out of 9 of them to become roosters.
 
You just can't have that many roosters with so few hens. I would love to find good homes for some of these boys. I prefer they go in pairs, as they will be friends. If you have hens now, you would only want one rooster; but if you love chickens as beautiful, living garden ornaments, pets, and an amusing addition to your farm, roosters are great.
These are free-range, but they need a shelter at night. They will roost in your barn or any little shed you provide for them.
 They are stunning birds, probably one of the most beautiful breeds I've seen. Though called Lavender Americauna, I think they look more like a silvery grey. Their combs are vibrant red and they have the fattest feathered faces.
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Would you like to welcome a few of these boys to your place?

India Blue Peacocks
I was also very  surprised when I realized that  the baby peas turned out to be MALES;  all four of them! For months I thought they were all girls.   You know I would keep them all, except for the fact that I've only one female, their mommy, and she would be overcome with TOO much attention as the boys grow to adulthood......if you know what I mean.
The mother is Hettie Pepper (she is seen above, solid grey wing feathers)  and the father is Mr. Peabody, Moses for short.
 This is Moses and his magnificent tail from last summer. WHAT A DANDY!
Just want you to know my youngsters come from excellent parents.
They are practicing the "FAN and STRUT", above.
 The young males have the patterned feathers. They will soon begin to exhibit coloring changes on the shoulders and back and then their tails will start to grow into the stunning fan Peas are known for.


 I want to find homes for two or three of the young boys. I prefer they go together as brothers because birds need a friend.
 Peacocks are incredibly intelligent, and mine are quite tame, eating out of my hand and running to me whenever I shake the corn can. My birds are free range and aside from the feed I provide, they really take care of themselves eating seeds, insects, and even snakes. They sleep in the trees but do not like the rain, and therefore must have a covered shelter in case they want to retreat.
As someone who loves my animals and has watched all of them grow from babies, I want them to go to good homes. This is a invitation to an animal lover who would like to give my boys a new home.
I'm in no hurry, but would like to find them new homes in the Spring.
If you have any questions, just email me here: jeri@jerilanders.com
  I should mention we live in Northeastern Tennessee. 


29 comments:

  1. The chickens are a very sweet breed. Ours were usually very timid. We used to have a guy that would take all of our roosters. I don't know what we'd have done otherwise.

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    1. Donna, One thing I really like about the Lavenders is their lack of Spurs. They like to tumble, but there is no damage afterwards.

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  2. Beautiful birds
    I wish I had a small farm or even a yard to keep them.
    Wishing them luck for their new forever homes

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    1. May, It may take awhile to find homes for the roosters in particular, everyone I know has too many Roosters.

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  3. Jeri, they are all so pretty. I do wish I had the property to take the chickens as I've always wanted them. I'm sure you will find proper homes for your babies. ♥

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    1. Me too Martha, I really would like one of my blogging friends to adopt them.

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  4. Wouldn't be fun to trade baby goats for peas!! :-)
    Too bad you live so far.... (or actually maybe lucky us)hee !! XXX OOO

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    1. Linnie, I know YOU would be a great mama bird. I would trade in a minute, I wish you weren't so far away!

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    2. I would love for you to have a couple of the baby goats when they come and are ready in spring!! PapaBear says I can't keep any!! Bottle kid babies are the bestest ever pets. (we are going to bottle them right away, that way they bond with us)) Hmmm when are you doing a Show up North? ~Just thinking~~ ;-) Hee hee

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    3. Linnie, I don't have my schedule worked out much, for the year. I think the closest we may be will be Zoar, Ohio, up near Cleveland. It's called Zoar Harvest Festival, here's the link:http://www.the-artisans-tent-at-zoar.com/ Of course, you are welcome to visit us anytime here in Tennessee as well!

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  5. Good morning everyone on the farm! OH Jeri, what a miraculous recovery this grand dame has made!YEAH!!!! But you are right; she is in danger of being around all those hunks of raging hormones! YIKES!

    I wish I could take a few off your hands....I love chickens; a neighbor has some and they add such fun to our neighborhood. I know you'll find someone to give them a loving home!

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    1. Anita, Peggy is a such a popular gal now. I would love it if we can narrow down the admirers to one handsome Roo.

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  6. Dear Jeri ~ What a wonderful post about your colorful bird family. I hope you find caring, wonderful homes for them soon.

    Happy February ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Lorraine, I do want good homes for them,I wish my readers lived closer because so many of my blogging friends would give them great homes.

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  7. Jeri, it was great to be introduced to these feathered families. Surely do hope that good new homes will be found for the adolescent males. They are fabulous to look at! xo

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    1. Frances, It will be a bittersweet parting when I find good homes for them.

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  8. Hmmmm...I have goat neighbors who have-Goats, chickens, ducks, pea hens, two of those gorgeous huge white dogs like yours (forgot what they're called!) Great Pyrennes (SP?)-but my neighbors don't have peacocks or that type of chicken. I will ask them if they're interested, and get back to you....can they be shipped? Maybe that's a dumb question-it probably wouldn't be a good idea....we live hundreds of miles from you....
    I have to say I am SOOOOOO tempted and I WANT 2 of your peacocks. My husband~I don't think it'll float:( But I will ask my neighbors, as long as the shipping thing would work...

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  9. Debra, wish you lived closer, peas are wonderful people and your husband would grow to like them. But I can't ship them, it would be a traumatic experience for the birds.

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    1. Actually-I'm glad-I can't stand to think of any animal being shipped.....I do hope they all find good homes.

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  10. I wish I could offer a home! I miss having land and animals. *sigh* We had a rooster that we named Buffy, before we realized the chick was a boy. He turned out to have rainbow feathers and was the most extravagant rooster I have ever had. And he was so gentle (Unlike a few had over the years, who occasionally liked to try and murder us. I remember seeing the kids go flying by the kitchen window with the rooster in hot pursuit. Ugh!)

    Eventually we will move away from the suburbia we moved to! At least I can virtually visit yours! :)

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    1. Kyra, I have a sweet rooster too,as tame as a little puppy, it seems that the boys are much sweeter than the hens. Once, we had these HORRID turkeys which were stalkers with bad intentions, they hated everyone. We couldn't go into the barnyard without a stout broomstick for defense!

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  11. If we could have only had a feather from the tail of Moses! When I taught fourth grade in public school, our class was working on a little play, which they helped to write, about the Revolutionary War. Of course, Thomas Jefferson would need a quill pen with which to sign his name to the Declaration of Independence, so one little girl volunteered to bring a feather. On the day of the presentation, in she came, carrying the longest peacock feather one could imagine...maybe almost as long as one from Moses's tail. I wonder if those kids still remember that important date in our history. :~)

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  12. How great! I hope you were able to use it as the pen. I would send you a feather in a minute, if I had an envelope that long! Unfortunately, I doubt many schoolchildren remember that date in this day and age. It's a shame.

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  13. Oh Jeri, if only we lived closer, I would LOVE the Peacocks...the roosters too, except we have a one too many roosters now, and are looking for a good home for him. Like you, I just can't part with any of these animals unless I know for certain they are going to a good home. A Peacock is something I've never owned...but we live in NC, north of Raleigh. You have such a beautiful place. I'm sure all your animals love it there. Thank you.

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  14. Henny Penny, Raleigh is about a 6 hour drive from us. You would make a good peacock mom. Roosters wouldn't be so bad if there were no hens around. It seems we all have too many roosters!

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  15. What a difference a year makes.. Peggy looks so pretty! How I wish I could have chickens here, or ducks, always wanted ducks.. I was thinking about Zoe's expression if she were ever to spot a Peacock! I can only imagine.

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    1. PENNY, It was funny when she emerged from her sanctuary (behind the porch settee)a few weeks back. She had been in hiding for ages. When I saw her, "PEG! Is that you??!!!" Even her little feet were clean and tidy, she looks like she's been to the spa. It is sweet.

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  16. Dear Jeri - I certainly think all your boys are beautiful but alas I too live far away to help you out. I am praying someone close will be so happy to have them come live with them. Take care friend. Hugs!

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    1. Keep praying Debbie, so far, no new homes.

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