- How To Get Rid Of Peacocks: Tips For Controlling Peacocks In The Garden
- Controlling Peacocks in the Garden
- How to Deter a Peacock
- Serious, Non-lethal Peacock Control
- What do peacocks eat and how do they find their food?
- Five Strange facts about peacocksFive fascinating Peacock facts
- 1 Peacocks are tough on snakes
- 2 Peacocks build their nests on the ground
- 3 It is easy to get hold of a peacock feather
- 4 Peacocks cannot swim
- 5 Peachicks love to play games
- Do peafowl kill snakes?
- What Animals Kill Snakes
- Having Problems with Peacocks?
- Dealing with Peafowl
- Helpful Tips to Discourage Peafowl from Returning to Your Property
How To Get Rid Of Peacocks: Tips For Controlling Peacocks In The Garden
Peacocks are arresting creatures, especially the males with their magnificent tail feather display. They have long been used on estates and farms as early warning systems due to their piercing cries. The birds flock in wild situations and have been known to do considerable damage to neighborhoods they colonize. Peacock control is essential for the gardener who wants to protect tender plants, their cars, siding, screen doors and more. It won’t take a gun or traps to get rid of peacocks; you just need to be smarter than the birds.
Controlling Peacocks in the Garden
Nearly anyone can agree that peacocks are magnificent birds. However, they have a tendency to become nuisance animals in domestic situations. Tales abound of birds digging up garden beds and making dust hollows in them, ripping screen doors with their talons and pecking at their own image when seen on expensive shiny cars.
Often simply getting after them with a good blast of the garden hose will get rid of peacocks. However, if your landscape is hospitable and has lots of good thing to
eat, peacocks eating plants may become a way of life for you without serious intervention.
How to Deter a Peacock
Males can be very aggressive, especially around nesting season. They attack other males or even the image of another peacock and do damage to cars, windows, skylights and any reflective surface. Prevention is the best medicine.
- Do not feed peacocks and hit them when you can with water.
- You can protect garden beds with wire fencing and run fluttering brightly colored streamers over any planting spaces. The fowl can fly over a fence, but the streamers may scare them away if they dare try.
- If you haven’t already got one, get a dog. Dogs will chase the birds but likely cannot catch them and hurt them.
- Use netting for controlling peacocks in the garden and prevent them from eating all your produce.
Persistence and noise are the best methods on how to deter a peacock that wants to live in your garden.
Serious, Non-lethal Peacock Control
Ok, so you’ve had enough and don’t just want deterrence but you want to get rid of peacocks for good. If you don’t want to do traps, bb guns or wrist rockets to remove the critters, try some modern warfare.
- There is a sprinkler system that has a motion sensor and will spray the birds when it detects them. It is activated by their movements and simply attaches to a garden hose.
- You can also use red pepper flakes around the fruits and vegetables in the garden. Not very sporting, but the animals peck and scratch at soil and will find the flakes a little too hot for their taste. It will prevent the peacocks eating plants, at the very least.
- Staking a garden bed is useful to prevent their entry. Simply insert poles that will prevent them from landing in the soil. They won’t attempt entry for fear of getting staked.
If all else fails, try your local animal control and see if they will trap and remove the birds to a safe, non-domestic location to live out their noisy lives where it won’t bother you and your plants.
What do peacocks eat and how do they find their food?
Peacock is an avid animal that eats meat and plants. It can eat either. Peacocks prefer to eat seeds, herbs and some flowers. The peacock may need high protein. Peacocks can eat animal food. Peacocks prefer to walk a lot on the farms to search for the remains of animal foods to feed them. The easy way to eat peacocks is to eat the remains of animal foods because they get their food easily while walking in the cultivated land.
Wild peacocks may come from forest-rich forest areas such as India’s forests, which are rich in vegetation, and wild peacocks throughout the day eat these herbs while walking in those forests.
As for peacock hunting, the peacock is characterized by a good sense of hearing and also a good sense of sight. The peacock uses its senses to find small reptiles, small fish, animals and small insects to eat them in. Once the peacock discovers its prey, it quickly breaks them with its beak.
Peacocks walk a lot during the day, while when the night comes, it flies high and grows in the trees to protect itself and is not easy prey for other animals. Although peacocks may spend long times walking on the ground and have easy choices to eat such as small animals and herbs But sometimes the Peacock uses his sharp gaze to find the food and then he slams his prey and eats it.
Five Strange facts about peacocksFive fascinating Peacock facts
Sussanne Peacocks UKFollow May 10, 2017 · 2 min read
Peacocks are such beautiful and wonderful birds they are always seen as fascinating, here are five unknown fascinating peacock facts.
1 Peacocks are tough on snakes
It is not widely known but Peacocks do not like snakes. A peacock or peahen will not let snakes live within their territory. If they find a snake they will actively fight with it, even if it is a poisonous snake. They will also eat snakes.
2 Peacocks build their nests on the ground
The peacock is the world’s largest flying bird. At night they love to perch in trees, on top of buildings or indeed anywhere off the ground. However when it comes to nest building, they choose to build their nests on the ground. They will did out a shallow indent in the ground and line it with sticks and feathers, to make it a safe haven for their eggs.
3 It is easy to get hold of a peacock feather
If you would like some beautiful peacock feathers then the good news is that you do not have to kill the peacock to get some. Every year just after the breeding season the male peafowl sheds its entire tail. Within a short period of time over two weeks all the tail feathers have fallen out. It is then easy to collect the feathers off the ground.
4 Peacocks cannot swim
Sadly the peafowl are unable to swim, they have four toes on their feet. Three toes face forward and one toe faces backwards. This unique combination of toes enables the peacock to perch easily on branches of trees. They do not have webbed feet which are necessary for birds to actively swim. Also their feathers do not help them to be able to swim.
5 Peachicks love to play games
One unknown fact is that peachicks really love to play games. They will chase each other around a bush or in a pen. They love to play with discarded feathers and will chase the peachick which has the feather. What is fascinating is that the peachicks will all run around in the same direction for example all run clockwise. The love to play in the sunshine.
I hope you enjoyed reading these fascinating peacock facts.
Originally published by Peacocks UK
Do peafowl kill snakes?
At my old house, there were all sorts of snakes including several species of rattlesnakes. We got peafowl because I really wanted them just cuz I admired them- did not know about them being snake killers/repellents at that time. Anyways when my pair became a flock of free range peafowl(never confined, not even for the nights), all of us noticed a major drop in seeing snakes inside our yard. The one neighbor who hated birds and encouraged his young sons to throw things at and chase them out of the yard continued to find snakes (including rattlers) warming themselves up on their front porch. We used to have the same experience(both of our porches were brick/cement and faced east) but not any more after the peafowl….
I got to witness a couple encounters though, what they did with large snakes: went up to them, their behavior attracted other peafowl, so there would eventually a group of several birds surrounding the snake and eventually one or more would get worked up and start biting the snake’s tail to ‘hurry it out of here’.. if the snake took on a defensive position they would either start biting it or one would give it a ‘karate kick’ and that was usually good enough to get them moving until they left the yard or were forced out of sight under a rock/structure. Rattlers got big reactions(usually several of the birds would honk or scream- don’t recall them doing that with king or gopher snakes), I guess because of the way they raised their heads/necks up high/fast strikes plus of course the noise from their rattles. They would bother them until they moved out(some of the rattlers actually moved away fast without attempting defense)
Now with the permanently penned up peafowl at my current location, for some reason they react much less.. at most a few would be ‘curious’ but basically do nothing to a snake, even a small baby one 12 inches or less. Friend who lives in the desert(theirs also permanently in pens/aviaries) reports pretty much the same reaction- when a rattler got in one of their aviaries, only one bird tried to check it out, the rest either didn’t see or didn’t care very much.
Also if the goal is snake repellent, would suggest having a group instead of only one. It seemed more eyes were better at spotting a snake, plus they seemed to ‘egg’ each other to bother the snake. As for concerns of snake biting a bird, I’m sure it probably happens but never witnessed a snake making contact with any of the peafowl that harassed them.. not even the rattlers. I suppose they have some ‘instincts’ from their native lands which apparently are full of poisonous snakes- cobras, adders, vipers etc….
What Animals Kill Snakes
The top ten snake killers, in order, are:
Trained Scottish Terrier
Actually, a whole bunch of different animal species kill snakes, including a ton of birds – owls, hawks, falcons, herons, etc. And many, many snake species eat only other snakes. So mostly, birds and other snakes are the most common predators of snakes. But plenty of mammals get in on the action too. Of course, humans are the biggest killers of snakes, but I won’t get preachy.
Snakes around your home are just a part of life. Mankind has chosen to live in rural areas and must accept the occasional encroachment of nature from time to time. In The United States, there are no animals you can legally own that will patrol your property constantly for invaders of the serpent orientation, though there are animals that like snakes for a meal or kill snakes out of an instinct to protect themselves and others. Regardless, keeping up with your home and yard are still the best ways to keep snakes at bay; no pet is going to do it for you.
If you lived in Africa, Asia, or Europe, you would be a bit luckier when faced with snake issues and might be able to own a mongoose. The mongoose is a remarkable creature. Not only is it easily domesticated and friendly to boot, it has a natural affinity for killing snakes. Snakes are on the menu for the mongoose, though this weasel-like animal will eat a variety of pest animals such as rodents, insects, worms, and lizards. Due to specialized acetylcholine receptors within the body, the mongoose is immune to the effects of snake venom. This ability, coupled with a thick coat of fur, makes it a formidable fighter when pitted against a deadly serpent. Due to their indiscriminate diet, however, this critter is not allowed to be imported into countries where it’s not native. Serious ecosystem damage occurred in the West Indies when the mongoose was introduced to control snakes and rodents but did irreversible damage to local wildlife instead.
The same region of the world also has the talents of the honey badger, a carnivore that is immune to cobra venom and kills snakes by crushing their heads with its powerful jaws. This animal is fearless, and has been known to chase away young lions from their kill. Few things can penetrate the skin of the honey badger, and this helps it in the quest to find and eat snakes. Only adding to its reputation is the tendency to dig up human corpses and eat the remains.
Because we don’t have a natural-born snake killer like the mongoose or honey badger in North America, there is little recourse when you go to the pet store looking for an animal to fight snakes. Cats and dogs will occasionally tackle a nonvenomous snake; however, the last thing you want is your best friend out in the yard doing battle with a deadly viper. The Scottish terrier is one breed of dog that is adept at hunting down snakes, though, again, it has no immunity to venom. This breed was created for the purpose of hunting rodents and snakes, something that is now instinctually ingrained into its behavior.
Nature does have a way of controlling snakes; they certainly are not at the top of the food chain. One of the natural predators of venomous and nonvenomous snakes is the hedgehog. You wouldn’t think this docile, appealing animal could take on a deadly snake, but it’s true. The hedgehog has a fantastic defense against almost any attack. Pointed spikes all over the body make biting this tiny creature most unpleasant. Because a snake strikes quickly and without a premeditated destination, the serpent encounters a mouthful of spikes. When the hedgehog thinks the snake has been debilitated enough, it will clamber on top of the reptile and bite through its vertebrae. A natural resistance to venom helps the hedgehog survive numerous snake strikes; however, it is not immune to venom like the mongoose.
Birds are also big fans of snake meat, and an owl, hawk, or secretary bird has no issue picking up a snake and either crushing it with their talons or dropping the snake from a ridiculous height to kill it. Snakes are very wary of birds, part of the reason why serpents are so reluctant to slither through wide, open spaces like a mowed lawn. (Snake prevention tip: Keep your grass short!) If the birds don’t get the snake, there’s a good chance that another snake might just do the job instead. Snakes are their own predators, and if one serpent is larger than the other, the smaller reptile might become dinner. The king snake is one of the most feared cannibals of the snake world. This snake’s primary food is other snakes, and even though it is not venomous, it has no problem taking on rattlesnakes. Unfortunately for the rattlesnake, king snakes are immune to the rattler’s venom. Cobras are another serpent known to be cannibalistic. The cobra’s given name in science actually means ‘snake eater’. Other wild animals that can best a venomous snake are the bobcat and the wolverine. Both of these predators have thick coats and agile reflexes, making them good adversaries for a snake. Worst case scenario, if the birds, badgers, bobcats, wolverines, and other snakes aren’t successful, the timid armadillo might just do the trick. While armadillos do not make it a habit to eat snakes, they have been known to throw themselves at serpents, using their armor to cut snakes down.
Even domestic animals have their fair share of snake-killing abilities. Hooved animals are naturally fearful of snakes, especially horses, cows, and pigs. For an animal that grazes, four operational legs are vital to survival. Even though we have domesticated these creatures, the instinctual need to protect their legs will never go away. In the wild, a horse that received a snake bite would not be able to keep up with the herd and would be easy prey for wolves and other predators. For this reason, grazers will ruthlessly stomp a snake to death if one is in the area. The snake might be lucky, and the horse or cow might just run away; however, if the animal is the herd leader then the snake is as good as dead. While proficient at snake killing, hooved animals aren’t the only domesticated critters that are good at this type of job. Chickens and game fowl, especially turkeys, are diligent snake fighters. These birds like to eat snakes, and if it the serpent is small enough, they will gobble it down. This doesn’t mean that a fair share of birds won’t die from snake bites. Chickens have no immunity to snake venom, though their feathers might provide a natural insulation against puncture wounds from fangs.
As you can see, there are many animals out there that have a good grasp of what it means to kill a snake. Most of them aren’t your average house pet, and even if you could have a hedgehog running around outside, the chances that it would keep every snake out of your yard are slim. Snake control begins with proper yard and home repair. Eliminate what the snakes like and you will eliminate the snakes.
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Having Problems with Peacocks?
How to Get Rid of Peacocks
If you have small to medium-sized outdoor space, the most effective solutions are to place Bird Netting over gardens and patios to block access. Food sources are extremely attractive to these stubborn birds, who will keep the birds coming back for more, so blocking off vegetable and fruit trees is important.
If peacocks are landing on building ledges or poles, our 8″ Extra Tall Bird Spikes will prevent them from landing, and Avishock Bird Shock Track also works extremely well. Regular methods are often not strong enough to deter these stubborn pests, but even these methods are completely humane.
If you have large crops or gardens, consider using a taste deterrent such as Bird Stop to make the food source less appetizing to them.
In all cases, visual deterrents that mimic large, natural predators such as Terror Eyes can help improve success rates, but should not be relied upon alone with peacocks.
If you have a large area to treat, you may consider the BroadBand PRO (combines sonic and ultrasonic technology) or the Critter Blaster PRO (uses sonic technology); one unit of either will cover up to 6 acres. These units are both rather loud and can overwhelm smaller gardens, so should only be used on larger properties, away from the earshot of neighbors.
Dealing with Peafowl
Helpful Tips to Discourage Peafowl from Returning to Your Property
- Avoid planting young tender seedlings in areas you do not want peafowl to visit or cover the plants until they’re well established.
- Peafowl will avoid certain repellents.
Cat repellent and mothballs around planting beds, porches, and along walkways may be an effective means of repelling peafowl. Caution should be used so as not to allow young children or animals to ingest the repellents.
- Peafowl are afraid of dogs.
Walk your dog around the property and neighborhood.
- Peafowl does not like water.
Water is one of the best-known deterrents for peafowl. The intermittent use of sprinklers or a hose with a jet nozzle will act as a negative reinforcement for the birds. Also, consider a motion sensor activated water spray, such as the Scarecrow, which is battery operated and covers an area of about 35 feet and can be connected to your garden hose. It’s available online or at garden stores, such as OSH.
- Peafowl likes to eat seeds, bugs, and worms.
Avoid open compost and manure sacks. If you wish to compost, use a covered compost bin and keep the composting area clean.
- Peafowl likes to eat wild birdseed, bread, and pet food.
These are delectable treats to peafowl. Once they’re hooked, it’s difficult to wean them. It’s a good idea to remove any leftover pet food immediately or feed pets indoors.
- Peafowl likes to eat young tender seedlings.
- Peafowl prefers to roost in safe areas, such as overhanging trees.
Trim or thin overhanging trees to deter peafowl. The Canary Island Pine is a favorite resting spot because of its sturdy horizontal limbs and ample cover.
- Some tips from other residents:
- Scare the peafowl. Chase them off your property consistently for a few days.
- Sprinkle coyote urine (purchased at feed stores) around the perimeter of the property.
- Tie silver mylar balloons at various locations around the property to keep the peafowl away.