PHS/SPCA seeks adopters for peacocks

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Two pairs of domesticated peacocks are up for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA).

Each peacock pair, which had been surrendered to the PHS/SPCA shelter by their previous owner who could no longer care for them, includes a male and a female and the adoption fee for a pair is $40.

“Peafowl make excellent pets for people who live in rural areas and have the space the birds need to thrive,” PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin-Tarbox said. “We are specifically seeking adopters with previous peafowl experience, and will be able to provide the birds with the amount of space they require, and are committed to providing them the appropriate food, access to clean water and shelter.”

Peacocks require at least 80 square feet of space per bird, and ideally a specialized habitat such as a tree house to provide shelter and protection from predators, according to PHS/SPCA. They should be fed mixed grains, such as turkey or chicken feed, along with nuts, green vegetables and fruit. They will also eat insects, slugs, frogs and lizards, making for excellent organic pest control.

The PHS/SPCA accepts all kinds of domesticated animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, goats, pigs and, yes, peacocks. Wild animals are also treated and rehabilitated at its Wildlife Care Center.

To learn more about adopting a peacock pair, call PHS/SPCA at (650) 340-7022.

Photo credit: PHS/SPCA