The peafocker, a medium-sized American peafow, was released from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the spring of 2014.
At the time, it was estimated that there were about 5,000 of the birds in the state.
“We were looking at about 15,000 peafocks,” said Jaymie Sturgis, an agricultural extension agent for the Missouri DNR.
“We went through about a half million dollars to acquire them and they’re now all over the state.”
Missouri DNR says the bird has a population of about 6,000, with some of those being housed at a home in the Sturgises’ hometown of Sturginsville.
The family has spent years trying to raise enough money to buy another bird.
“It’s been a struggle to get the money together,” Jaymie said.
“Our son and I are trying to do everything we can.”
A couple years ago, the Sturges noticed a lot of problems with the bird’s housing conditions.
Jaymie said he saw an increase in the number of birds living in the yard of the family’s property.
He said it’s not the birds that are the problem, but rather the poor weather conditions that has led to a shortage of feed and water.
“There’s a lot going on,” he said.
While the Sturshes were not aware of the peafock’s unusual condition, they have noticed that it has become a problem.
“The birds are really stressed out,” Jaymey said.
The Stursges are also working to find other homes for the bird, but they have yet to find a home that will accommodate them.
“They’re not happy.
They just want to stay with us.
We don’t want them to be taken out and left behind,” Jaymine said.