applestar wrote:Do they provide any beneficial service (even though they are not native birds?). For example, people with large/rural/farm property around here often keep Guinea hens for tick control. ...and their main disadvantages are said to be their tendency to be loud/noisy and to dig a lot. Advantages are said to be their reliable alarm calls as guard animals
Perhaps novelty value?
They're kinda neat, when they're not actively destroying things
, because they're big and beautiful. And it's cute to watch the Moms and their chicks walking around in the summer time.
I do have a small collection of tail feathers. Someday I'll do something with them, but I haven't yet. Some people sell them, but around here everyone already has a few
The noise bothers some people tremendously, but everyone in my household has pretty much learned to ignore them.
The biggest downside outside of the garden is their poop. They make big piles!
You said they roost up in your trees? So collecting eggs is out of the question? (...are you allowed to do that?)
I would be upset but conflicted too.....
They roost in trees when they're not nesting. When they lay eggs they lay them in a depression on the ground (the "pea" in peafowl is for "pea-brained"). One of my neighbors had a peahen lay an egg right on her patio
The absolute lack of natural predators has probably bred additional stupidity into this population. Large dogs will chase them, but cats and medium/small dogs just back away.
They're not even afraid of cars.
I suppose I could probably find eggs in the springtime if I took the trouble to look. I may think about that next spring. Eat them? Addle them? Sell them?
Sunset 23/USDA 11a, Elev. 783', Frost free since 8,000 BC. Plagued by squirrels, gophers, and peafowl, but coming to terms with it!