There may come a time when you need to catch or transport peafowl. Here we’ve detailed the safest way to do this with minimal stress to all.
How to Safely Catch Peafowl
First of all, please don’t try to catch a bird until you have safely confined it. This will minimise the risk of injury to you and the bird.
Designate a secure area such as a garage, shed, or dog pen. Place food inside and introduce a perch if space allows. Be patient and let the bird become accustomed to entering this new enclosure. Rushing the process will result in the bird being reluctant to return.
Get a large coat, a thick blanket, or a large net (such as a fish landing net). With the bird safely enclosed, gently cover its head and back to immobilise it. With the bird still on the ground, carefully grasp both legs with one hand to avoid scratches. Pick it up with its head and wings still safely enclosed.
Tips for Minimising Stress on Transport
Transport the bird in a cardboard box just slightly larger than its body. A box rather than, for example, a dog crate is recommended as the relative darkness minimises stress. If the bird has a train cut a hole in one end of the box to allow for it. A piece of carpet or hardboard in the bottom will give the box strength. Sawdust or shavings if available will give some comfort. Keep the bird cool and make air holes on the sides and top of your box.
Plan to release a bird into its new pen in daylight. Ensure that water and food are already available. Avoid simply opening the box – the bird will likely fly upward and risk injury. Instead, gently roll the box onto its side and open the top. This will allow the bird to focus on righting itself while you leave the pen. Give the bird time to explore and settle into its new surroundings.