Tuesday, August 4, 2009
An Unusual Lunch...With Peacocks
It seems the Mistress is always doing or interested in something odd and out of the ordinary. So today one of my co-workers took the Mistress up the road to a peacock farm and preserve for lunch. It is set in a park like setting and is filled with peacocks everywhere. Since we get a hour for lunch, I thought what the heck. The Mistress's favorite animal is the peacock. I have always loved them. And it's not because it has cock in it's name or because it's a bird, both of which I like! I just think they are so beautiful, graceful and neat to watch. And peacock feathers are a symbol of Hera in Greek mythology another of my favorite interests. The Mistress always garnishes a gift with a peacock feather when giving a gift! It has become my trademark. And someday, the Mistress plans on having a peacock as a pet! My co-worker who I went with has a friend who showed us around and gave us some facts I can say I never knew. Females are known as peahens and are not as colorful as the males, which are known as peacocks. Peacocks are part of the pheasant family of birds and usually have a life span of about 15 years in the wild and longer in captivity. They live in the open forest, bushland and even in the rain forests. I have seen some wild peacocks around New Hope on many occasions when going to work and had no idea they could love in these parts, but the lady at the preserve said they can, so long as their is plenty of insects, and vegetation. The other thing I learned today is the the females hang together in what they call a party. When mating begins, the males gather a harem of female peahens, who lay between 3 to 10 eggs. And lastly I learned they are quiet testy fowl and don't mix well with other domestic birds. There is nothing worst than a uncooperative cock, so I guess when I get one, I have to work with it and tame it! So quite an unusual lunch, but a enjoyable one, despite the damn humidity!