Late nights on the peacock farm are nothing new for Dennis Fett and his wife Deb. When 11:00 pm rolls around they're just getting started on one of their most important chores: collecting eggs.
"Pea Hens always lay their eggs starting about at 7:30 at night," explained Felt who has been caring for peacocks on his farm for over thirty years. "And they're not like chickens which lay eggs every day, instead it's every other day."
This reporter joined in for a late night collection operation which included head lamps to light the way as we moved through each section of the barn in the darkness.
"I like to use the head lamps so the birds won't be disturbed," said Fett.
At one point one of the white pea hens became agitated and when others joined in beating their wings the room was filled with fine dust.
Fortunately things calmed down and the late night egg collection was a success, including eggs from some of Fett's prized chocolate colored hens.."
"There are very few of them in the United States, they're called cameo silver duns."
Once the eggs were successfully collected just after midnight, it was off to the kitchen to box them up for shipping.
"The eggs are gonna be used by a gentlemen in another state who will hatch them out for major hatcheries across the United States."
That customer according to Fett, "ordered over 700 eggs last year and we never broke a single egg in shipping."
Lots of egg cartons and masking tape are used to secure each shipment and the word "fragile" is hand stamped on each box.
"Perfect," exclaimed Fett as the last box was taped shut. "The birds like you John, so if you want to give up TV or retire, you can become a peacock farmer."
Fett has written several books and produced videos about his peacock enterprise. He even appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno a number of years ago.
To learn more about his unusual business click on the link included with this story.