Are peacocks noisy?

Tui the peahen very kindly clambered up on top of one of the Car Carcasses so I could get a better shot of her for you. (Crouching down is still out of the question for me). I was asked the other day whether the pea fowl are noisy. Not really. In fact from late summer and through the winter we seldom hear anything at all.  Except the odd honk of warning if a dog gets too close to a peahen. Or the call they make when they fly down from the barn which sounds more like a goose actually.


When Kupa’s tail is full and he begins to try and attract the girls we expect more noise from them. In fact in early summer it  sounds like they are all shrieking from the bottom of very well lined wells. Or drums. Or being very rude and bad tempered with each other. With brightly coloured megaphones. Resonant. Huge. And maybe when they are more mature they will make more noise for longer. But so far the winters have been very quiet. The noise is only seasonal. The loudest birds on the property are actually the guinea fowl. None of it bothers me though. It is so quiet out here.


Boo went for a bit of elevation yesterday too. He has been getting very naughty since I have been a wee bit under the weather. He needs to get back into his 5 minutes 5 times a day training.


Sheila is about finished her housekeeping in the corridor paddock. It has been so damp and warm lately. Perfect weather for turning over the sodding sod. She has been looking longingly through the gate wondering if she could maybe house-keep another paddock. Um, No, Sheila.  One a year is enough.


Big Dog walked all the way to the barn and then could not remember what he had come all the way out  there for. I know that feeling.

Today the sun is due to come out. Which will be nice. Though it will be cold but it is time. I am still marooned on the couch for a few more days. Directing the troops. Literally.

Have a lovely day.

Your friend,


69 Comments on “Are peacocks noisy?

  1. as long as you are still in charge, everything will go well…Sheila is so cute!

  2. Big Dog still looking good in his snazzy jacket! I think we all do the thing of going into a room and standing there wondering why we came. What gets me though, is that the minute you get to the furthest point from that room, is the minute when you remember what you went for!

  3. Our neighbour at our first house here had peafowl, and yes, they were raucous. But far worse were the guineafowl, because their noise was constant.

    I hope your pain is lessening, but don’t use that as a reason to do too much again. Bones take a long time to knit together again, specially as you are cussed about doctors and don’t have the magic stuff Jock injects into my tummy each morning which helps with bone restoration.

    Love from bossyboots ViV x

      • For most things I am on 100% reimbursement – anything to do with my heart, blood tests etc, hospitalisation is free except for a very small daily rate for meals and laundry. Ccosts for other ailments are re-imbursed at 70%. Doctors here do not get rich, and drug prices are controlled by law. Dental and eyecare are less well reimbursed, but every little helps! Our healthcare is paid for by our UK National Health Service contributions during our working lives, not excessive, and employers also contribute. On retirement, monthly contributions are no longer required.

    • By my fingernails now, but I am trying very hard to get off the bone so it can heal, yet too much is sliding, not the house as much as the dogs and the cows and the sheep need moving, all stuff no-one else sees or thinks is important.. c

  4. Your ‘voice’ is sounding more like you, as if you’re feeling a bit better and your optimism is returning. It’s lovely to see from the photos that you’re managing to hobble round the Farmy once more. I wish it could be warmer for you; injuries always feel far worse in cold weather.

    • well they do say ICE then HEAT! I am getting about more, esp in the mornings, after laying down all night I awoke pain-free (until I moved) this morning so that is a good thing. In the afternoons I take the pain relief. I am being a turtle.. c

  5. I never considered having a peacock on the homestead. What are the advantages?

    Because I’m very interested in having guinea fowl one day, I did a blog post about them (what little I know about them). Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with them.

    Hope you’re healing well.

    • No advantage to peacocks really, except they are beautiful and in the old days of this farm there were peacocks in the barn, before they gutted it to fit a combine harvester in there that is. I am hoping they will breed so I can sell the chicks. The guinea fowl are meant to keep bugs and ticks down. But I am forever picking ticks off the dogs and myself so I don’t know about that. They are also meant to be good guard dogs but mine don’t do that either. But they do screech a warning when they see a hawk, they join the barn flock in keeping the barn clean, and you don’t have to keep them in a cage, after you have trained them to roost high up in the barn.. They are not as destructive as the peacocks. But I love to have both wandering about the farm. They add life, esp in the winter. Hope that helps.. c

      • How big is your guinea fowl flock?
        How big is your property?
        I wonder if there is some rule of thumb regarding the number of birds one would need per acre? Maybe I should do some research on that.
        Of course now you have me interested in peacocks 🙂

        • We have had four old timers (Guinea Fowl) here for about four years now. There were ten but over the years the flock has shrunk.. They never bred. But nhave never been locked in either. The property I live on and off is about 7 acres, but we are surrounded in hundreds of acres of cropping land and they spend a lot of time in the fields. c

  6. It would seem that you ain’t heard nothing yet … the boom boxes and tweeters will be installed in due course.
    Why is Boo neglecting his kittun?

    • Not the kitten, he is neglecting to do as he is told! and is being very dominant with Ton, forgetting who is boss.. c

  7. Sheila is such a sexy, robust diva! I love her photos! And, someday I will have some guineas and maybe a peacock. I understand your impatience in healing. I had a similar bout with a dead tree limb falling on me two years ago, and it took 3 weeks to get back into the swing of daily life. Take time and be good to yourself. I found myself in bed a lot, reading and watching movies. I actually came to enjoy the reading part. I think it was a month before FD didn’t have to help me put my socks and shoes on!!

    • I stand on one foot and raise the other high to put on a sock, because of the bending down. John was patient for about one day with me. But I have devised new ways of doing things. I feed the cats on a top step so i do not have to bend down to put their bowl on the ground. Flick the dishwasher door up with my foot. Wearing gumboots a size too big so i can step in and out without reaching down. And Ton is excellent at picking things up off the floor for me as long as we have locked Bad Boo Boo outside first. But slowly I am improving, I know I have to take it slow, but you know how it is.. c

    • I feel the same, it is not as if i have neighbours who can be bothered by them.. and I like the sounds they are so alive and strident.. c

  8. Having a time trying to determine the differences between a guinea fowl and pea fowl. Wait! Tui is a pea hen and Kupa a peacock. I knew that! Guinea fowl are much smaller, almost the size of chickens, right?
    It’s the word fowl that’s fouling me up!

    • yes that’s right, i will take a photo for you today, they are about the size of chickens and mine are black and white..very ugly birds.. c

    • Four inches is a lot!..anything slippery or sloggy at the moment would not be welcome here, though we had a wee snow shower a few minutes ago, nothing to speak of really though,..c

  9. Maybe while you are recuperating you could start a book! I just got finished reading Chickens in the Road by Suzanne McMinn. I really enjoyed it and with your talent for description and word-crafting, I’m sure your book would be awesome! I absolutely adore your posts and it would be great to read your words for an hour or two at a time. Just a thought–not sure how you would have time to squeeze it in though with everything you do in a day, but you did that other writing challenge so maybe….. poke, poke, prod, prod.

  10. TTT timed his visit home just in time to help out…plus he’s probably stronger now for big chores! 🙂 have they assigned him anywhere yet? Hopefully he will be home till you are much more mobile!
    Keep taking it easy on your couch Cinders! It will all be better in the end! Literally! 🙂

  11. Oh I know about naughty puppies taking advantage of ‘slightly under the weather’ mummas! I’m relieved to hear you’re resting most of the time, it will be worth it in the end when you heal nice and straight. Keep up the good………lounging!

  12. I was standing next to a very large peacock once and I guess I looked pretty good to him. His tail was up and he started doing to little hopping dance for me. It was either that or he was trying to scare me away.
    I know how big dog feels. Still loving his coat that you got him.

  13. My Dad had a friend, a doctor, that owned some property outside of Detroit. It was his own private zoo and on the grounds strutted his peacocks. I can still remember them calling. I, also, remember getting into trouble a couple days later, when Mom did the laundry. Me and a couple other boys spent our day capturing tiny tree frogs and, not having anything to hold them, filled our pockets with them. I don’t know about the others but I forgot all about them. We returned to that “farm” often but I was under strict orders to leave the frogs alone.

  14. Hmm, this will sound like the ‘cruellest’ statement on the page but I am almost glad there is such a thing as warning pain ~ somehow I sense such frustration and determination to get going in you that methinks you truly would make matters physically worse for yourself if that did not stop you!! At least a certain order of doing things seems to have been established and you just have to build on that 🙂 ! Love the photo of tidy Sheila . . . Boo is a teenager: I guess what can one expect . . . big hug for wellness coming your way . . .

    • I know, I know, I hear what you are saying but it is awful to be cooped up on the couch, i am losing track of my animals, no-one is watching them or checking on them, I have to get out amongst them, I think there is something wrong with Kupa but I cannot spend long enough outside with him to work it out.. things are slipping.. but I do listen to the pain as I am determined to heal straight.. this is why i have made myself the rules of recovery, but frankly I am ready to spit in frustration.. c

      • Understand you 110 %, but since one cannot turn black into white by wishing, it is a matter of day by day! Look, if there is s’thing wrong with Kupa it is unfortunate, if you make yourself worse by pushing, Kupa will be without you for FAR longer!!!! And when you start again, remember you do the smallest and least important and time consuming thing first and then work up!! [Watched an economics forum last night ~ that is the way they teach you to ameliorate debt! Put e’thing in order of importance [size] and work from the smallest up ]. . . try to sleep well and with less pain . . .e’thing crossed!

  15. Gently and slowly does it, and you are gradually making progress. That’s good.

  16. Glad you are starting to feel a little better. Love that Sheila piggy.
    Years ago (about 40) I lived in San Jose, CA where they have this huge old cemetery. Acres and acres, fenced with an 8 foot chain link fence and populated with large, mature trees of all kinds. Oaks, elms, popular….evey kind they could grow there. My mom and I liked to go there to read the tombstones as some were from the Civil War Era. It was very quiet and shady. There was a large resident population of peafowl that mostly stayed and roosted in the big trees. Towards dusk, they all screamed together. The first time we experienced this, we almost dropped dead from fright as it was so eerie and scary sounding. I think we screamed louder than those birds. We could not get out of there fast enough. That’s why, my dear Celi…better you than me with those birds. ha ha.

    • ha ha ha laughed out loud when I read that, what a thing!.. that really must have been terrifying the first time~!.. c

    • I love historical cemetaries!!!! No one bothers you there! 😉 I used to take etchings of the old tombstones! One of my many hobbies! LOL
      Here’s one for you from old slate stones in New England!
      “Think of me as you pass by,
      As you are now so once was I.
      As I am now so you must be,
      Prepare in life to follow me!”
      Cool eh? 🙂
      No pea fowls on any of my trips though! That would have had me on the run!!!

  17. I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!!!
    Hope you feel better and better with each passing day! Today sounded a tish less painful…sorta? 🙂
    Boo you better behave yourself!!! 😉
    Had a busy day today….or I would have said hello this morning like usual! Take care, sleep well Celi and see you all tomorrow!!! (((hugs))) Nightie night!

  18. Dear old Big Dog…I know how he feels. How old is he? Shiela is magnificent. What a pig!
    Take good care, Celi. Slowly, slowly. Pian pianino. I’m sending you a dose of Italian time.

  19. We had around 7 peahens and 3 peacocks some years back in our house. It was the peacocks which used start from mornings till late in the evenings with their, can’t call it melodious!, cries. This started from April and continued till September!

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