How Much Does a Peacock Cost?

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A peacock is known for its colorful, long, extravagant tail.  Part of the pheasant family, the male peacock is known as a peafowl while a female is known as a peahen.  The difference between the two is that the female tends to have a brown and grey tone with a tint of yellow color.  Peacocks can commonly be found on farms where they are bred, and the cost of one will depend on the size, quantity, the geographical location and the person selling one.

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How much does a peacock cost?

On average, an adult peacock can cost anywhere from $35 to as much as $275.   Birds that have straight toes with no defects are going to be more toward the higher end, while birds with a defect, such as a bad color spot or bad toes, can be in the $35 to $55 range.

Chicks, known as peachicks, can be anywhere from $10 to $30.

Hatching eggs can cost anywhere from $45 to $85.  Most breeders will require that a minimum of 4 eggs are purchased at once.

We did some research on varies types and listed the price averages below.

Peacock TypeAverage Price
Black Shoulder$50 to $100
Cameo$200 to $250
India Blue$50 to $75
Pied$175 to $250
Spalding$75 to $125
White$200 to $250

What are the extra costs?

Most farms will require that these birds are picked up locally.  Due to the size and health conditions, many farms will not ship them out of state, but if shipping can be done by breeders, the price can start at $100.

Since these birds can fly, a fenced in coop will be required.  Keep in mind that the peacock has a wingspan of six feet, so it will be essential that there is adequate space., for instance, recommends building a structure at least eight feet tall with chicken wire enclosing it.

While maintenance is rather easy for these birds, be sure to factor in the food allowance month.  In captivity, these birds will eat food such as cracked corn, fruit, nuts, worms, lizards, ants, crickets and wheat.  Plan on budgeting about $10 to $15 per month.

Tips to know:

Make sure that you don’t overcrowd the chicks as overcrowding can cause a lot of harm.

Be sure the water stays clean at all times.  If possible, clean out the water tank at least once a week.

Smaller peachicks will commonly eat foods high in proteins as this will help the smaller chicks to grow at a healthy rate.

Some people often wonder if a peacock can fly.  The answer?  Yes, they can fly; however, not very far or very high.

How can I save money?

Most birds are going to have to be picked up locally.  It is best to check with a local farmer to find birds that fit your needs.  Keep in mind that eggs and chicks can go fairly fast once listed for sale.  If there is a waiting list, it is highly advisable that you sign up so that one can be guaranteed.

Consider checking the local paper or classified ads such as Craigslist to find breeders that sell these birds.

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Average Reported Cost: $150

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  1. Tiffany (Fredonia,  New York) paid $150 and said:

    150 and up, that was cheap for around here and included a multiple bird discount

    Was it worth it? Yes

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