Meet Ten Spot, the roaming peacock
By Outer Banks Voice on June 28, 2020
Ten spot. (Bells and Whistles On the Flower Subject flower store)
Whether or not or not you’ve seen him in your neighborhood, Ten Spot the peacock has grow to be one thing of a social media phenomenon in these elements, with photographs displaying him wandering round Kitty Hawk.
Ten Spot’s proprietor is Dorothy Heath Morris of the Bells and Whistles On the Flower Subject flower store. The Voice reached out to Dorothy to get some biographical information about this multi-colored member of the pheasant household. She despatched us the e-mail under.
For these questioning, Dorothy says the common lifespan of a peacock is 18 years and “they love to eat bugs from the garden.”
“We bought our 8-acre farm on Kitty Hawk Rd. 7 years in the past. We rapidly started buying a menagerie of animals for farm life, together with horses, pigs, chickens, geese, rabbits and peacocks. The peacocks got here from my associates who lived down the highway and raised homing pigeons, chickens, goats…I consider I traded Jeanne flower preparations for 2 peacocks.
They have been infants once we bought them and there was no technique to inform in the event that they have been males or females. They have been very curious and inquisitive the primary yr. They started to become the nice-looking fowl they’re immediately. Ten Spot had a brother named Freckles. Freckles now resides in Charlottesville VA on a farm within the mountains.
This time of yr, [Ten Spot] roams searching for love…We used to have guinea hens and he would tirelessly chase them about…Sadly, fox or coyotes have had their approach with our flock on a few events and all guinea are gone. Whereas Ten Spot lets us know when visitors arrive on the farm, he additionally lets us know when there may be a predator. He and our superb nice Pyrenees (Pearl and Oyster) make an ironclad crew on manning the safety of the property.
He roosts in varied timber across the farm. And we feed him every day with the chickens. He does an excellent job of sustaining a steadiness within the backyard with all of the pests.”