Florida

Peacocks Proliferate Profusely

by Athena Yang

Longboat Key, FL, United States

 

Well, it is hard to find chickens around here, so I will tell you more information about peacocks. Peacocks are colorful pheasants (typically blue and green). The tail feathers spread out in a unique train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful eye markings of blue, gold, red, and other colors.

The large train is used in mating acts and courtship displays. It can be arched into a awesome fan. It can reach across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side.

Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains. Females peacocks can have about 3 to 5 eggs.

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Math Questions

  1. If a female peacock (also known as a peahen) can lay 3 to 5 eggs, and she lays one every other day, how many days will it take for her to be finished?
  2. It takes 28 days for an egg to hatch. If a peahen could start laying eggs immediately after hatching, how many chicks could be potentially give birth to in an entire year?
  3. A peacock egg is worth about $15. Would you ever consider eating an egg or does that sound too expensive?

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