The One Footed Peacock

The One Footed Peacock

Hi I’m Mike. The cold can be killer here in Wyoming, and
we are now faced with what could be a life and death decision for our peacock all due
to subzero temperatures and a massive amount of frostbite on Our Wyoming Life. Hi and thanks for joining me today on Our
Wyoming Life as we explore the ranch life and escape the ordinary. Today is all about the peacock and his current
and very severe injury. If this is your first time here, thanks for
coming along for the ride and please subscribe. We have 3 videos a week bringing you everything
from the ranch, the cows, the gardens, ranch style cooking and a whole lot more. This is the peacock, he has been here on the
ranch for the last 5 years or so. He doesn’t have a name, and now is probably
not the time to name him, because we don’t know how much time he has left. We will get to all that, but first, let me
tell you his story. A few years ago, when we first came to the
ranch, the first animals that Erin wanted to start raising on her own were chickens. It made sense, she was getting started in
the farmers market game and eggs always sold well at farmers market. So, we got chickens, I built a nice new chicken
house for them. And the chicken project cruised right along,
we sold a ton of eggs. And soon Erin wanted to expand her bird inventory,
so we got ducks and geese, most of whom are still on the ranch today, but one thing Erin
always wanted was a peacock. {Erin talks about peacocks}
One day, we got a call and found out that one of our local
sheriff’s deputies had picked up a peacock wandering down the ditch along a local highway. He took it to the animal shelter and once
Erin heard about it, we had a peacock. One lonely peacock, soon we decided he needed
a mate and we found a female from nearby in South Dakota and brought her into the fold
and since then they have lived happily ever after. Doing their thing, helping Erin garden and
just being a part of the ranch. They are very curious and as most visitors
to the ranch will tell you, that they seem to be checking out what you are doing every
time you turn around. Male peacocks, much to my surprise are great
watch dogs. They protect the rest of the flock, the chickens
and the ducks and geese from predators as well as letting us know when ever anybody
pulls into the yard, by squawking and making all kinds of racket. But now our male peacock is faced with a life-threatening
dilemma. This winter has been extremely cold and a
couple of weeks ago we found that he had frost bite on one of his feet, we called the vet
and went back and forth and it was determined that he was probably going to lose his foot. He’s been hobbling around for the last couple
of weeks and we put him in the barn where he couldn’t injure himself any more. The vet was correct and his food did fall
off, since then his stub has healed nicely. Its amazing how quickly birds heal but now
we are left with a huge decision. A peacock like him can live up to 25 years,
so the question is all about quality of life. He can’t walk well due to the difference
in the length of his legs but other than that he is perfectly healthy. His tail feathers are growing nicely, he’s
obviously eating well and has the energy and strength to get around,
even on one leg. Every day of our lives is spent with and around
animals, you build a rapport and a relationship with them that you can’t find anywhere else. And to be perfectly honest, when you wife
and kids are crying because an animal might have to be put down, it becomes a mission
to do your best to save it. To be perfectly honest, I’m not a huge bird
guy. I tolerate the chickens, the ducks and geese
are nice to look although noisy and messy, but just like Erin, I’ve gotten used to
having the male peacock around. He makes you smile when you catch him fanning
out his feathers trying to impress his girlfriend, or whoever might be watching. So, I guess I can say that I have a stake
in keeping him alive and happy as well. Right now, he’s not too happy, I can’t
imagine, he has trouble getting around and one of the biggest problems that I have seen
him having is the fact that he can’t perch on anything with only one leg. Peacocks love to be up off the ground, they
like to sit on fence posts, tractors, the gator, whatever they can to get up and look
down on their domain. They are kind of prima donnas in that aspect
of their lives. Looking down on us lowly ground walkers. Most people that encounter the peacock, there
aren’t a whole lot of them running around Wyoming, don’t realize that he can fly. And he can fly just like any other bird. One of his favorite places to hang out this
summer was up on my Mother-in- Laws roof as her house was being built some 20 feet off
the ground. So, because he can’t roost with just one
leg, our first mission today is to built him a new platform that he can roost on. While he’s been living in the barn he’s
been trying to sit up on the rail fence, but he loses his balance and even if he does manage
to get up there, he doesn’t stay for long. Our plan is to make him a small platform that
can slip over the fence, giving him a big enough area to sit and allow his tail feathers
to drape over and flow free. We start by taking just a few 2x4s and a 2×6,
and cutting them to size. That’s if I can find my tape measure. Ok, there we go and we are off and running,
cutting the 2x4s to make a sleeve that will slip over the rail of the fence in the barn
and the 2×6 to sit over the top. With our lumber cut we can drill pilot holes
to keep the screws from splitting the wood and then screw them together, before taking
the assembly out to the barn to check the fit. Then its back into the shop to measure and
screw in the top platform and the cap to the roost. Erin picked up a small bath rug to glue to
the top to give him something to grip with the foot he has left and with some spray adhesive
and with the help of my 170lbs I can try to get it to stick on here. Without falling on my face. Just to be safe, we are also going to staple
the rug down to the platform, just to make sure its not going to go anywhere. Once dry we can set it back on the fence,
then its time to gather up old hop along and set him on his new roost. He’s very friendly but through this ordeal,
I think he’s gotten a bit tired of people messing with him and he not much for this
game anymore. But he’s still pretty docile and we can
try to set him on his new perch. Which doesn’t work, and I get yelled at
for. How rude. Lets rethink this and add some food to the
perch, scooping him up again, showing him his perch and the food on it and comforting
him, telling him its not going to hurt him. Call me DR Doolittle because this time he
takes a rest. Laying down and relaxing a bit, way up high
where he likes to be, giving him a bowl of water and a bit of his normal life back. But when it all comes down to it, his live
is never going to be normal. He’s tame, he’s friendly and on a ranch,
that counts for a lot. I think some animals figure out that if they
act like your buddy they can get away with a lot more, we’ve got cows that do it, and
even chickens and those animals always hold a special place in a rancher’s life. We don’t know what we can do with him, but
maybe you do. Comment below if you have any ideas and head
on over to our website and sign up for the herd report, our weekly newsletter and you
can stay up to date on what’s going with Mr. Peacock. We really hope that there is a solution out
there for the peacock, but in the end, we often have to make unpopular decisions. We don’t want any animal on the ranch to
have a diminished quality of life, ranchers and farmers are not only stewards of the land
but also the animals and any time an animal is taken under our care we promise to do right
by them through all phases of their lives, even the end. For now, we wait and see, but soon a decision
will probably have to be made, but lets at least sleep on it. Come join us again as we explore the ranch
life 3 times a week, follow us on Facebook and be sure to sign up for the herd report
for material you can’t find anywhere else on our website at Until next time, have some great week and
thanks for joining us, in our Wyoming life.

100 Replies to “The One Footed Peacock”

  1. We had a chicken lose a foot to the cold a few years ago, went right on hopping on one foot without missing a beat, lived another two years. It happens.

  2. What about a prosthetic leg. There’s lots of decoy birds made for hunting ie turkey that are realistic made of a soft rubber type material . Maybe buy one cut the leg off and attach it to mr peacock by sliding it up over his stub. Best of luck Mike and Erin

  3. Somewhere there is someone with a 3D printer set to a CAD system who may be able to "print off" a prosthetic at least for ground works. However, I would wonder if there is a web board that may interest students at places like MIT, CalPoly or even a local high school …

  4. No no no, I was just kidding. I do have a big heart for critters, and in my opinion, let him live out his life the way he is. Of course he will have the handicap, but animals can live long lives with a digit missing. Mike get Erin and the kids a new pair of peacock chicks asap, and I promise you if, and when he goes to the great fowl sanctuary in the sky, it won't hurt as bad. I've been thru this many times in the past and it helps to not be without. Replacements always cusion the blow. 💙

  5. Hey Mike. New subscribers here. My wife and I are really enjoying your videos. Besides the different backdrop your day to day life is very similar to our small family farm here in Wisconsin. Saw a glimpse of your freezers in the shop in one of your videos. Selling our own home raised beef is something we've been researching. Hoping to expand the profit margins a bit. Wondering if you on plan on doing a video on how it works for you. Or more importantly what hasn't worked. If you have explained it before I just haven't come across the video yet. Thank you for taking the time to read. I think it's great you take the time to get through all the comments.

  6. Mike I gotta tell you your videos make all the difference for me today… yesterday I found out I have to give up the farm I have worked so hard all my life for. I was nice to come home and watch your video like a normal Sunday. it's nice to see that the ranch keeps going on, when everything I have came to a stop. please don't ever quit making these they do make a difference to me and im sure many others get more than just a little enjoyment from what you do. thank you so much – cody

  7. Mike,
    Here's a way to save 35% money on your chicken feed.

  8. Mike and Erin I watch you videos all the time. I miss the cattle my Dad and I had about 30 head in feed lot at all times 30 waiting to go in and 30 behind them. My wife and I have 5 Ac and five horse's. I put up around 100 Ac of grass hay and 5.5 of alfalfa every year going to try my luck in some corn in 2018.

  9. Hey guys. Sorry to hear about ole hop along. I know what the decision your facing is like. Maybe you could baby him the rest of the winter. Animals are pretty resilant. Maybe you could build some more special perches, for him. We have several dashchunds. Our one female went down, she was paralyzed couldn't walk at all. I'll spare you all the gory details. Long story short we built a ramp for the front steps, and steps so she can still get in our bed umm her bed lol. Two years later she's doing good lil wobbly at time but it doesn't stop her so don't give up hope guys.

  10. Do you have Spurge on your land? Goats will eat that, and leave the grass to the cattle.

  11. Great video, I thought I might put my 2 cents worth out there. From watching some of your videos I noticed that you are handy with tools and have a creative mind. Maybe you can come up with some form of prosthetic for the peacock, just thought I'd throw that out there, thanks a lot and keep up the good work!!

  12. Ol Hop-A-Long, perfect name for the lil blue fella. Farmers are always ingenious when naming animals. Had an uncle who, when my mother use to ask him on ride a longs, would name every Black Angus cow "Blackie"

  13. Hi Mike. I'm really sorry for him. Please take care of him. I hope kids and mom are not so depressed. I know how much it hurts if we were about to lose a lovely bird .
    Did the peahen ever laid eggs? If so, a hen can definitely hatch out peachicks.

  14. On our farm we would consider this option, I hope it's not considered morbid rather just another option.

    Roast Peacock Recipe
    Peafowl have been a premier game bird for centuries, and were often the centrepiece of royal banquets in both India and Europe. Peafowl are essentially a very large partridge.

    Pre-heat oven to 165C.
    Dust large oven bag with flour. …
    Rub bird outer skin with butter.
    Season with pepper and salt.
    Drape with rindless bacon.
    Place bird into bag, on top of onion and celery layer.
    Seal bag, then make four or five small vent holes in top of bag.
    Cook for 3 hours.

  15. I am glad you take your place over the animals so diligently. Regardless of what route you choose, remember that you gave him a second life picking him up in the first place.

  16. I wonder if there is anyone out there that could 3D print a "foot" for him? It's starting to become a popular option for dogs.

  17. Hi from Austria! Poor Bird! I have been raising all kinds of poultry over the past 20 years and we have cold winters too. I just recently had a duck with a stiff and shortened leg. His name was Simon and I decided to keep him even though it was terrible to watch him hop around. But it was only terrible to watch, he didn‘t care about what it looked like. He died of old age two weeks ago after living 7 years with his handicap. You know your peacock- if you have the feeling he is unhappy and wants to die he will tell you. As long as he is eating just fine and is able to clean himself he should be fine! Good luck to you guys!!!

  18. The peacock is one of the most beautiful graceful birds in the world i hope he can get over this and live as close to a normil a life as possible the best of luck with him Mike and Erin

  19. Sorry about you guys Peacock no i don't have any suggestions other than keep doing what you guys do best and that's CARE!!! 👍

  20. I think that he should be put out of his misery but, you know your birds better than any of us viewers. if you feel he is not happy i would put him down as hard as it may be. Good luck

  21. With replacements for both hips I'm tame and friendly here on the farm. I'll never be normal again either. I eat well and am otherwise healthy. My wife has decided to keep me for a bit longer. I believe the bird still has much to offer your family. Every day we awaken offers another confirmation of how fortunate we are to have experienced the wonders of this worldly existence. Best wishes to your family and the peacock. 🙂

  22. You could have someone make a peg leg with a forked so that the peacock has stability on the ground and on some wooden fencing. I am not sure how to attach it to the peacock though.

  23. I would make contact with Wyoming State University and talk to a professor in the Engineering Dept. About having a 3-D printed leg made. It would have to be flexible.A silicone gel sleeve would be good as a sock for attaching it

  24. How you manage with wolves or other wild animal problem…with little caves on the pastures,i figure you may have issues…

  25. Mike when you went into the workshop i thought you were going to make a new leg for the peacock,that's all you have to do .if unsuccessful im sure your wife has a recipe that doesn't require two legs in it

  26. I say an artificial foot for him …he won't be able to grip with it ..but it'll give him the height it needs to walk properly and stand on fences to ..I've seen them b4

  27. He will be fine, once had a wiener dog that got one of his hind legs clipped off with the haymower. Vet sewed him up and he live to be a old man just fine. The pea fowl will adapt and be fine with time

  28. Thru out life there is a series of decisions to be made and when those decisions dictate the quality of life or the end of life for another animal those are toughest we have to make, it's very easy to become selfish and falsely think an animal that is injured or sick has a better quality of life than what it really has. I will say that I am no expert on birds and don't know what the best decision is in this case. I have faith that whatever decision you make will be right for this bird. as always great video content, and thank you for all you do and show its not always happy times when raising animals.

  29. Good job on the roost! I'm sure he'll be fine, I've seen other one footed larger birds that do well. Great video!

  30. Are you familiar with Dr. Jon Pol? He's a Vet in Central Michigan. The guy works miracles with all animals. He practices in Weidman Michigan and has a NatGeo reality show, There must be a way to contact him.

  31. 30# fits in a paper grocery bag and also the average freezer attached to a frig. It's also the right amount for a retired couple without kids at home. Price wise it's easier to budget in. I go the extra step of delivering it. I always try to arrange a noon drop off at work places. Lots of co-worker calls. Leave some fliers in the bag and provide all the information in a text. It's easy for one client to forward that text on to a future client.

    Lastly, tell EVERYONE. I find a way to work it into every conversation, especially with people I am meeting for the first time. Our pork and chicken is marketed in the same way. Our biggest obstacle is the declining number of state/federal slaughter houses. 6-9 months out on butcher dates locally.

  32. Looks like you get to use the plastic welder again!!
    Maybe the plastic leg or foot off a toy duck? Then melt it together and fashion a "boot" of sorts you can strap up to his stump with Velcro straps.
    That's what I have in my minds eye.

  33. When it gets cold and a lot of wind chill I put all my fur and feathers away. See a lot of people that Have no for site. Just like not controlling your dogs and attacking your life stock. Nowadays if I see an animal on the side of the road that needs help I'm there. People not so much.

  34. Yea, I’m not a bird guy either. One of the worst jobs I ever had was catching chickens to load on a truck. The “Napoleon Dynamite” type job to reference a movie.

  35. Mike maybe call the Wyoming University if they have a veterinarian department they may have a solution.I have seen on tv a story about an eagle that had it's beak shot off and they made prosthetic beak and glued it on.

  36. Oh man, this reminds me of my grandma. She lived in a neighborhood and somebody dropped a peacock off and it lived on her house. She has now passed away and same with the peacock. But man was he a butt, but probably my fault I would chase him when I was little.

  37. Go to the nearest Vet college and see if they can make a prosthetic leg on a 3-d printer. R
    Ask the you tube community if anyone can make one for him. There was one on a TV show where they made one. Hope it works out.

  38. Make him a peg leg if nothing else. If you make the legs of equal length he will probably get around fine. Animals have ways of adapting to changes better than we think they can. No need to off him over a short leg. Give him an eyepatch and teach him to say Arrrr matie….lol

  39. I'M sorry about the peacock foot problem i have seen ducks and some other animals have prosthetics made for them and work. There is or was a show on either animal planet or nat geo called bandit patrol or something like that it was or still is (Not sure if it is still on) Based out of Kentucky I think about these group of mainly women that networked with each other helping injured or orphaned wildlife of all kinds one of them specializes in birds wish I could tell you how to get a hold of them IM sure they could help. We will be praying for the peacock and the family as well. I know these decisions can be tough to make. but you are right God put us as stewards over the animals and sometimes we have to make tough decisions as the steward my wife and I just went through this last august with a dog we had for a little over 19 years. We still miss her not being in the house with us. God Bless

  40. Here's a Youtube from a few years back, but from Nashville. The 3D company had an engineer design the Prosthetic based on another like duck's foot. Hope this helps. A friend found this and shared.

    Lucky Duck Gets New Prosthetic Foot
    July 3 2013

    A print company in Nashville used 3D printing technology to design a prosthetic foot for one lucky duck. (July 3)

  41. I would suggest you contact the vet school at CSU in Ft Collins CO to see if they can help with a prosthesis or something to help his leg

  42. Man these comments about eating him, WTH. This is there pet, he said in the vid his folks were in tears. This is not a cow being raised for slaughter; and if you cant understand this you probably habe never dealt with this or faced these types of decisions, and if you have, shame on you. Mike if you cant work out a prosthetic(im sure you will) dont give up before you give me a shot, I have loads of buddies that are machinists and engineers(ie access to printing) and if that falls through carving a wood one wouldnt be beyound me. Good luck and let me know if i can help.

  43. Maybe this will heip:

  44. I had a chicken rooster who had escaped and lost one foot to frost bite and he lived the rest of his life pretty happy. This was about 10 years ago, I moved and he went on to live at another farm just fine..

  45. Hey! Just stumbled upon your channel. Watched some vids. Good production. Looked at your fqa vid. Interested in homesteading. Your channel is offering more insight. Thanks.

  46. Since he hasn't been named yet , you could now call him "Stumpy" . But seriously, I'll bet that the bird will be just fine in the long run. I'm sure he will adapt to roosting on flat surfaces before long. I've seen many one legged sea gulls. As you well know, animals take things as they are much better than we do. He's not in pain ,(hell, he's doin' better than me!!) The leg has healed well. Again he's doin better than me. :-). Geez I gotta get some Ibuprofen just now.

  47. I whole heartedly understand how you all feel about having an attachment to a special animal. I love my chickens as part of the family. I have seen plenty of chickens and ducks lose a foot and live a happy life they just have to learn to adjust to the new disability. Give him some time and he’ll be ok! 🙂 great videos and I love how you guys enjoy educating others

  48. In regards to the peacock. 1) give him time to adjust. Animals are great at adapting. 2) if you really feel the need to do something you could take a piece of wood about the width of his leg, put a small hinge on it and attach the other side of the hinge to another piece of wood shaped like his foot. Or leave the hinge out of it and make it one solid piece of wood.

  49. Keep up the Great content! I just found you and have binge watched all your episodes. Have a few yet to see but I am still rewatching my favorites! Thank you both for the information I get from your channel and your comment section!👍

  50. Build him a pegleg. Go on line and look up chicken boxing gloves retrofit it to his leg. Make it happen farmers way saves the day

  51. maybe you can find a cheap peg leg to attach to him? id let him live at least for now even if his life isnt 100% of what it used to be and if he gets much worse than maybe the conversation about ending his life is to be had

    when i was a kid my parents payed hundreds of dollars to have surgery on our gerbil where i believe they drained fluid off of its tiny lungs. he lived another 6 months which is probably equivalent to 20 humans years but in hindsight it was a bit silly. its why our family stopped having pets because we probably doted over them too much and small rodents dont live very long and it gets expensive to give them the specialized care they need.

  52. There is a fellow You Tuber Vet. His channel is, The Bionic Vet. He makes animal parts for crippled animals of ALL sorts.
    this is a link to one of his videos where he makes feet for a cat. But there are many more videos of different animals.

  53. Hi Folks, Hmmm sorry that you received some pretty thoughtless responses…..but thankfully some good ones. I birthed a foal that hyperextended a rear fetlock. So the Vet splinted it with PVC cut longways and then Vet-wrapped it. Also the Ferrier made a shoe with a kind of thumb on it to prevent the fetlock from folding backwards. I did have an issue with rubbing and she got festering sores, which I lanced myself and she of course kicked at me….only got me once. I think the 3D printing is the best idea that a few people noted. Also, I don't know what University you may be near, but they generally have an Ag program and that the students would be pleased to make you a prosthesis. My Brother had a dog who lost her foot and he made a new plastic foot and even put some toe nails on it for traction. Further his wife fashioned a soft leather boot that they laced on so it would not rub her and the dog went on for many more happy years. I am thinking that is your best solution. I hope it works out. Some will say, its just a bird…but as a kid I remember how sad I was when my parakeet ate artificial snow on the Christmas Tree and succumbed. My parents got me another bird right away, and he seemed to sense my sadness and we became great pals. Best Wishes – Terry

  54. My farrier had a client that had a pair of breeding peacocks. Unfortunately, coyotes got both of them and left being five eggs. Her client gave them to her to see if she could hatch them. My farrier knew I just got finished hatching chicks so I had my incubator set up and asked me to attempt to hatch them. I had never hatched peacocks and this was my first year hatching anything. On top of that, I had no clue how far along these eggs were. I believe it was maybe a week and a half later we had three hatch.

  55. give him TIME…his muscles need to adapt…he needs to adapt…GIVE HIM PLENTY OF TIME…yea the proud peacock strut will never be the same…we have plenty of peacocks here in Florida…that get injured…and get along just fine…broken legs..wings…etc…he will learn to hop…and roost with one leg…one way to fix a broken leg…take a piece of 1/2 pvc…about ten inches long…since a peacocks leg is between 12-14 inches…okay rip it in half lenght wise…wrap leg with mole skin gause…file out notches…about 1-4 inch…on the outside of the pipe…three or four…now take pipe put on leg…about 1-2 inch shorter than the base of the existing foot…zip tie it in place…notches keep them from sliding…then just use a regular cap at the end…and rough that up…like with a knife…i always super glue the ties also…just change the mole skin every once in a while…its cheap…it works…done that myself…just not on a peacock…paint it black…And dont use tape…he will rip at the tape…enjoy your videos…Thanks Freddy

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  57. We had a male peacock with one wing for years. They are very adapatable. He even taught himself to glide. Good luck

  58. I had a peacock show up at my house 6 summers ago two weeks later penny peahen showed up . I have sold their babys I do not want more than two. I figure they have paid their own way in the money I have made off of their young.
    my Mr Blue attacks the other peacock in the Chrome on the cars in the yard.. so in the summer all cars have to be covered. I don't consider him mine he is a wild bird but he chose my little farm and he's welcome to live here. I figure he is at least 9 years old and given that they can live to 20 plus years I feel response able for him. he attacked a mirror in the yard and it cut his toe. it's kind of warped but it doesn't impede him in any way. I personally like their sound but I am glad for the relative quiet after he molts his tail feathers every year until the next breeding season . it is true that they make great guard "dogs" I have 5 Acres for them to roam on. not everyone would like their noise. there have always been peacocks in my area now they live at my house.

  59. Your peacock is so cute. I really hope he’s doing ok. It’s amazing how calmly he sits tucked under your arm. I did not know they could become that tame.

  60. He has his life that he treasures, unless he is in severe pain, PLEASE let him live. A lot of animals adjust to their lives once they've healed up. Just go to VetRanch here on youtube (they're in Texas) and see how many animals they save, but have to "change it up" because some of the dogs and cats were hit by a car and have to lose one leg. They might have to sacrifice a leg, but they can live. I would not let him out this Winter and make him live in the barn, in his own spot. Why don't you contact VetRanch since they are fellow youtubers and you can probably have a vet in Wyoming do something for him. Just don't arbitrarily let him go just because it's "easier" to do. It's not easier for him, he enjoys his life, and that roost thing you made for him has probably improved his life 100 percent! You might have to make one for Mrs. Peacock so she can roost along with him. Good luck with everything!

  61. and this is exactly why i started watching you ………..the compassion and respect you have for living things blows me away hugssss from Ontario Canada

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