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 Post subject: Peackock vs Fox
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:11 am 
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Hi there. Was hoping someone can help. My husband heard from someone that a peacock is great as a deterent to foxes???
At $500 it seems a bit pricey, although the idea of such a pretty addition to the property is kind of appealing.
Has anyone else heard of such a thing, or is it just a cleaver sales pitch?


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 Post subject: Re: Peackock vs Fox
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:28 am 
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No - a fox will take a peacock just as easily as it will take a goose. They are very clever and determined hunters, the foxes.

I think this misconception comes because peacocks (and peahens) choose to sleep in trees way off the ground and foxes cant get to them. They certainly make noises when foxes are around but that alone doesn't deter a fox. One on the ground in the open is foxbait.

Thats is also the fate of many peahens which brood on the ground in places open to foxes.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:59 pm 
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Ahh, obviously a clever sales pitch to suckers like us. The more I think about it, it may not be a good idea anyway...not if we want the vege garden to survive.
Thanks Mike :thanks:


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BethOrz wrote:
At $500 it seems a bit pricey


Yeeeesss, $500 is a bit pricey. What are you getting for your money? I think I might have to rethink my pricing policies.


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My price on peacocks also needs a rethink :lol:
Actually foxes get peacocks pretty quick especially if they stay in trees creatures of habit come down same time every morning and Mr Fox is waiting for them.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:25 am 
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BethOrz wrote:
Ahh, obviously a clever sales pitch to suckers like us. The more I think about it, it may not be a good idea anyway...not if we want the vege garden to survive.
Thanks Mike :thanks:


What !! $500 someone made a lot of money, the usually sell at auction for around $100 unless it was a white, never seen a white at an auction.


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 Post subject: Re: Peackock vs Fox
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:54 am 
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I feel like a complete twit!! My husband just looked over my shoulder and almost fell over laughing. Apparently he said $50 not $500! oops
Here I was freaking out thinking he might spend that sort of money on a bird, all for naught. :oops:


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there not that safe up a tree either, around here foxes go up the trees


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Very true chookking :)


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Peacocks make great alarms . mine roost in different areas and about 6 of them roost above the chook pens ,I live in the scrub and we get dingoes and the occassional fox , Ussually the first sign we get when a dingoe is about is from one of our pied males .Which happened again only a fortnight ago . When a large black scrub dog looking very hungry was heading towards our pens , our peafowl let me know . he never reached his destination :wink: Purely because of our Peafowl .

It is just a small part of our predator control (alarm) we also have guineas ,six foot fences in some parts and now a Marremma .

Peacocks are smart and nothing like a chook . All my peahens are locked up when they are nesting in Foxproof pens . and the Males ussually arent to far away .
Peacocks were used by early bushrangers because of their ' early detection sense '

If you can get one for $50 it would have to help just make sure he has somewhere safe to roost they are good alarms but their only defence is flight .

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