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Old 03-13-2018, 09:10 AM   #1
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Our neighbor got some peacocks on his ranch to help with mice and snakes around the house. Has anyone heard of this before? Does it work?
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:17 AM   #2
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:25 AM   #3
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I know they are the loudest animal EVER...
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:25 AM   #4
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You will soon hate them.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:27 AM   #5
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Dad bought a few when I was younger for whatever reason. Was told that they eat small mammals and snakes. We unloaded them into the sheep pen and they immediately flew away. I remember my dad's face as his money flew away! "Hmm... guess they CAN fly."
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #6
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Some lady introduced them to my neighborhood in Houston like 30 years ago and they have flourished. I only get 1-2 a week swinging through, but as you get closer to the bayou you can find dozens of them in yards.

Awful, awful birds.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:36 AM   #7
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Some lady introduced them to my neighborhood in Houston like 30 years ago and they have flourished. I only get 1-2 a week swinging through, but as you get closer to the bayou you can find dozens of them in yards.

Awful, awful birds.
I was through there before Harvey and saw one fly and land on a roof top. Didn't know they could fly.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:38 AM   #8
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Dad bought a few when I was younger for whatever reason. Was told that they eat small mammals and snakes. We unloaded them into the sheep pen and they immediately flew away. I remember my dad's face as his money flew away! "Hmm... guess they CAN fly."
That is exactly what I needed this morning. Thanks for the laugh!
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:40 AM   #9
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Not sure about peacocks but my brothers college roommate kept a couple of geese in there house yard at the ranch...swore they never had a snake inside the fence and if anyone got anywhere near their house you would know it!
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:41 AM   #10
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I was through there before Harvey and saw one fly and land on a roof top. Didn't know they could fly.
If they couldn't, my dog would've killed about a dozen by now. It's a labored takeoff, but when motivated by a 70-lb heeler/lab mix bearing down on them, they can go when they need to. Straight up usually. They sleep way up in trees.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:42 AM   #11
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They're just a sissified, stuck-up looking turkey, that are loud all the time, not just in the spring.

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:42 AM   #12
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On the plus side they taste amazing
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:42 AM   #13
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Not sure about peacocks but my brothers college roommate kept a couple of geese in there house yard at the ranch...swore they never had a snake inside the fence and if anyone got anywhere near their house you would know it!
We had about a dozen ducks and a few geese... shortly. There wasn't a square inch of porch, patio furniture, etc that wasn't covered in crap.

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:43 AM   #14
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Cats are much better than peacocks . I have never heard that they keep snakes and mice away, but I guess it's possiible. Some neighbors we had next to property my grandma owns used to have them, you would be deer hunting one morning and hear "HHHHEEEEOOOOOOWWWWWWWW" about every few minutes. It got old real quick
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:45 AM   #15
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We had about a dozen of ducks and a few geese... shortly. There wasn't a square inch of porch, patio furniture, etc that wasn't covered in crap.
That is some slippery crap too! Having personally been chased all over Town Lake one morning by a ****** off goose, I would stick one in my yard...he wouldn't last long!
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:48 AM   #16
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I have a couple cats that do the job, don’t like people much so they are not around your feet, never make any noise
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:51 AM   #17
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I raised half a dozen guinea hens when I lived in the country. I heard they were great guard animals as they would supposedly make a racket if a car or animal they didnít recognize approached the house. Well yes, they did make a racket when that would happen but they would also make a racket all times if the day. I shot them all out of an oak tree one morning and fed them to my dogs.


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Old 03-13-2018, 10:08 AM   #18
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:10 AM   #19
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I know they are the loudest animal EVER...
We used to have them on our family ranch and they were LOUD! They finally got eaten by something.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:10 AM   #20
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I have four of them . They are great for snakes . Our snake population has drastically been reduced since getting the birds . They are very good guard dogs . I have 2 males 2 females .
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:10 AM   #21
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:11 AM   #22
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They’re in the pheasant family. Just sayin’...
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:55 AM   #23
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People use guineas for the same thing. They're ridiculously noisy too.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:06 AM   #24
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God knew folks would eventually get tired of em so he made em tasty!!!

I thought about getting a couple guineas but our chickens go to the neighbors all the time. She said she was fine with the chickens but was gonna shoot any Guinea that showed up over there so I passed!


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Old 03-13-2018, 11:10 AM   #25
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Theyíre in the pheasant family. Just sayiní...
Ppl hunt them kinda like pheasants... well pheasants mixed with blue quail...
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:03 PM   #26
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I know this much, they're really good eating, seriously good eating.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:17 PM   #27
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I know they are the loudest animal EVER...
yep, my parents' neighbor has several peacocks and those high-pitched screaming birds are very annoying
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:01 PM   #28
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I raised half a dozen guinea hens when I lived in the country. I heard they were great guard animals as they would supposedly make a racket if a car or animal they didnít recognize approached the house. Well yes, they did make a racket when that would happen but they would also make a racket all times if the day. I shot them all out of an oak tree one morning and fed them to my dogs.


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I have always wondered if I let guinea hens lose on the back part of the ranch they would grow wild in I have all trees and water.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:31 PM   #29
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loud and will scratch anything with paint on anyplace and anything nearby
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:07 PM   #30
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yep, my parents' neighbor has several peacocks and those high-pitched screaming birds are very annoying
This x2 My neighbor have some and they are annoying!
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:13 PM   #31
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Vet down the road from where I grew up had them. Beautiful bird, and they would tear up snakes!
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:41 PM   #32
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From what I understand they are white meat! Also the flight feathers are brown and can be used on your arrows! Just Saying
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:57 PM   #33
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Grandma always had them, they do catch a mouse or two (but so will free range chickens and such), they do terrorize small snakes, they are very tasty, they are very-very noisy, and they will scratch the heck out of any vehicle they can get on. I think I like them, they would be a nice addition to my arsenal to po the nosey blue hairs and ordinance enforcement folks around here.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:03 PM   #34
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Did anyone mention that they taste great
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:21 PM   #35
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My mom had them and they are noisy and they can sound like a woman screaming. I couldn't stand them myself..


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Old 03-13-2018, 07:35 PM   #36
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We have one that showed up at our place in Erath county. It hangs out with the turkeys. Hasn't done anything yet to wear out its welcome. Not sure about his snake killing abilities. Apparently he is not hanging around our barn because we just found 39 rattlesnakes not 30 yds from our pole barn and campers.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:38 PM   #37
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My Land Company I retired from BANNED only 1 critter in development sales....

Peacocks! LOUD, will poop on anything they land on......this applied to 5-50 acre sites.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:53 PM   #38
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We have one that showed up at our place in Erath county. It hangs out with the turkeys. Hasn't done anything yet to wear out its welcome. Not sure about his snake killing abilities. Apparently he is not hanging around our barn because we just found 39 rattlesnakes not 30 yds from our pole barn and campers.
What was the den under,we are just west of you and it is that time of year.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:59 PM   #39
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we have them free range in InWood north. 4 or 5 males and females. you can hear them about 1/2 mile away.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:05 PM   #40
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They make great turkey locators I know that
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:06 PM   #41
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Den was in and under about 20 sheets of old tin.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:59 PM   #42
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They are the loudest, most annoying, useless animals ever. You’ll hate them real soon.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:03 PM   #43
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I raised half a dozen guinea hens when I lived in the country. I heard they were great guard animals as they would supposedly make a racket if a car or animal they didnít recognize approached the house. Well yes, they did make a racket when that would happen but they would also make a racket all times if the day. I shot them all out of an oak tree one morning and fed them to my dogs.


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Old 03-13-2018, 10:11 PM   #44
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Cats are much better than peacocks . I have never heard that they keep snakes and mice away, but I guess it's possiible. Some neighbors we had next to property my grandma owns used to have them, you would be deer hunting one morning and hear "HHHHEEEEOOOOOOWWWWWWWW" about every few minutes. It got old real quick
Heard one tonight as I was setting my hog trap---
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:50 PM   #45
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Snakes and rats can stand all the dang racket they make, so they pack up their bags and leave.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:00 AM   #46
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heard they make good watch animals.
A worker raised a couple on the place where I was stationed in Germany. They were definitely some noisy animals.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:14 AM   #47
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My neighbors pea cocks ate a couch I had in my barn, the whole couch except the wood and the metal. That is where I found out that they taste great and the wing feathers make good fletching.
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