Farmer Bonnie and Farmer Pat brought Mulberry Lane Farm's peafowl to the set of NBC TV26, Green Bay.
You can see the full segment of Bonnie's Barnyard here:
- Male peafowl are called peacocks. Female peafowl are called peahens. Offspring under the age of one year are called peachicks.
- The most common breed of peafowl is the Indian Blue.
- Besides their colorful tail feathers, peacocks are distinguished by their blue neck feathers. Peahens have green neck feathers and lack the decorative tail feathers.
- Males raise their feathers into a fan and quiver them as part of courtship display.
- The peacock will molt (shed) its tail in late summer at the end of the breeding season.
- The tail feathers grow back about an additional foot each year extending as long as 6 feet when fully grown around age six.
- An adult peacock has an average of 200 tail feathers. Of the 200 or so feathers, about 170 are "eye" feathers and 30 are '"T" feathers.
- Peafowl are very hardy birds and with proper care, can live forty to fifty years.