wings and things


on March 14, 2013

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Gutsy9 has now been living outside for 16 days. To begin with, he was sleeping in a big cage within a pen, but he has now graduated to sleeping outside the cage because he is tall enough to drink from the water container without the risk of drowning.

Zaruma and Tapper (married Muscovy ducks) have taken a liking to him so I put them in the same pen as G9 for the night, with the geese and turkeys in a separate pen.

When I go out to the pens in the morning to let them all out for the day, all the birds go crazy with delight but G9 literally jumps for joy to see me and sometimes twirls himself around in a little happy dance before following me across the lawn and into the back veranda of the house.

He followed me into the bathroom today, asking for a cuddle!

32 responses to “Peekaboo!

  1. Such progress and delight! How much more growing does he have to do?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s a joy to watch this little fellow grow.

  3. He’s looking so grown up already!

  4. Oh, what a beautiful post. He has grown into such a handsome young man. I love your delight description 🙂

  5. bulldog says:

    Oh man I just love this… a pea(whatever) that thinks it’s a human… love that it still sees you as the parent…

  6. You must beg, borrow or steal a video camera so we can see for ourselves!

  7. So sweet! I never knew that peacocks were so affectionate!

  8. What a cutie! I love the way he is just looking at the camera with a quizzical expression.

  9. FlaHam says:

    Julie, Your ongoing relationship with Gutsy makes me smile. Gutsy is one smart little birdie. Please take care, have a wonderful day. — Bill

  10. You are a most excellent Pea-Mom!

  11. Colline says:

    Seems to have very puppy-like behaviour. It is just too cute 🙂

  12. He is such a little joy to see and hear about…..and he seems to be progressing well now..Diane

  13. catchatcaren says:

    He is soooooooooooooo cute!!!

  14. terry1954 says:

    I don’t think I have ever heard a story like the one I have been following on your blog. It seems Gutsy just thinks of you as Mommy. A true genuine love he has for you. I just love that bird to death!

  15. victoriaaphotography says:


    How cute is Gutsy now.

    It’s amazing how much he has grown and it’s wonderful to hear he has settled down with some of the other birds. His photos are really interesting as he seems to have real facial expressions and looks (literally) like he has personality. I’m so pleased to hear he is growing into a normal bird now and not too hindered by his ‘dodgey’ foot.

  16. He is becoming a handsome young peacock! He has such personality, the cutie.

  17. viveka says:

    My God, he has grown and look at how stable he is … fantastic – so happy that he are still around. Julie, we can get too many cuddle … if we are not teenagers. He is going to be one handsome .. man one day soon. Love your photos.

  18. I hope his leg continues to hold him up. He seems to want to live.

  19. tootlepedal says:

    You are obviously a top notch peacock whisperer.

  20. That is so adorable! I wish you could videotape him doing his little dance!

  21. Rhonda says:

    I adore the look on his face in the last photo…me thinks he loves ya Jules. Yay G9

  22. janechese says:

    The feathers and Gutsy are really growing! And he has not only survived, he seems to be thriving! Good job, Mom!(I still can’t get over his imprinting)

  23. dcwisdom says:

    He’s so handsome! Ming could get jealous! Has G9 seen Anthony lately?

  24. adinparadise says:

    Soooo cute! 🙂

  25. batgurrl says:

    luv comes in the cutest packages

  26. Trisha says:

    You’re his mama! That is so sweet!

  27. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:


    Wonderful animals. They bless our lives.

  28. dou dou says:

    He’s so cute!

  29. Judith Post says:

    Beasties don’t get too much cuter than Gutsy.

  30. shoreacres says:

    It’s just an absolute delight, watching this little fellow grow. I can’t wait to see him once he’s got his fancy feathers and an attitude!

  31. What a little charmer! I guess a peacock would imprint just like chickens or ducks. But I don’t think too many birds do the “happy dance”!

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