Peacock Chicks at the Abbey

Whilst we were setting up the Orangery for the NAP Symposium on the 15th June a peahen and three small chicks appeared outside. Apparently the chicks had hatched out that morning.

Mother and chicks on the day they hatched

Mother and chicks on the day they hatched

As there was the strong possibility that the chicks would be killed by foxes or stolen by humans, they were moved quickly into the cloister garden where they would be protected.

They have all survived and continue to grow. The second photo shows them on the 2nd August, almost 7 weeks later.

Mother and two of the three chicks 7 weeks later

Mother and two of the three chicks 7 weeks later

These are the first peacocks to be born at the abbey for about 20 years.

 

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