Dennis Fett with three-day-old peafowl chicks. (Photo: peafowl.com)

Sullivan Heights

Mr. Peacock from Iowa willing to take Surrey under his wing

Peacock expert once helped Hugh Hefner with some problem birds at his Playboy Mansion

SURREY — A peacock expert from Iowa who once helped Hugh Hefner deal with some problem birds at the Playboy Mansion in California says he’d help Surrey out with its situation in Sullivan Heights, for a fee.

Dennis Fett, aka Mr. Peacock, charges $1,500 a day plus expenses for his specialized services. He said Surrey had not, by this time of writing, hired him.

At 5:30 a.m. on the day we spoke with him, he said, he’d received a call from Ireland from someone seeking help with some peacocks there. “Where they’re not supposed to be, there’s going to be people who love them and people who hate them,” he said of the fancy big birds.

Fett said he’s aware of Surrey’s situation. “If they don’t have a specific plan, even if they hired me to help, they still have to follow through with the plan.

“I’d help them, are you kidding? I don’t wan’t to see people who love peacocks be hurt by this and especially the people who hate the peacocks. I helped a lot of people in California for probably two decades, 24 years roughly, dealing with their peacock problem out there. Ultimately if they need to be relocated, I don’t know how it’s going to work shipping them from Canada to the U.S.”

“If we can set up an adoption service, and there’s a way that they can ship the bird very simply, I assume the mail would work the same way, your postal service is similar, I don’t know if the regulations will work but there is a way to ship them,” Fett said, “and I don’t know if it gets special permission they can ship them here to the U.S., I had two or three dozen people, no lie, after the Miami situation that would adopt, you could adopt out 200 to 300 peacocks easily but people never followed through with any of the plan.”

“Both sides have to give and take, and they’re going to have to work together,” Fett said. “And there going to need some education about the birds too, predictable behaviours. I would be willing to help them.”

He and he wife Debra live in Minden, Iowa. He’s originally from New Jersey and is a retired public school music teacher.

“I’ve written more about peacocks than anyone in the whole world ever, since 1980.”

The book “The Wacky World of Peafowl” was written by he and his wife. “There’s nobody else in the world that does what we do.”

Fett said in Surrey he would assess the flock, find out how many birds there are, and the residents would have to decide how many to keep in the male-to-female ratio.

“The New York Times back in ‘92, this is what they said, I don’t always believe the New York Times, even though they wrote about me, but they said I had an encyclopedic knowledge about peacocks, and that was in ‘92 so I’m a little older and a little smarter.”

“I could relocate a good hundred birds easily here,” he said, and maybe some in Canada too.

“You guys have to decide how many birds you want in the neighbourhood, what’s acceptable and what’s not.”

Fett said he helped Hefner with his birds in the 1990s.

“I was giving him advice on how to take care of the peacock poo, and all the problems associated with peacocks. They had a photo shoot with the Playboy bunnies coming up in a couple of days and so I spent tonnes of time with the curator of his menagerie of animals plus his gardener, head gardener, and that was pretty much it.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey looks to target illegal dumpers with surveillance cameras

Since 2007, illegal dumping has cost the City of Surrey more than $8.5 million dollars

Peacock trapping to commence in early September, says City of Surrey

Since plan approved in June, bylaw has focused on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Downtown Surrey BIA announces all-candidates meetings

BIA plans three events for civic candidates this September, ahead of the Oct. 20 election

Pauline Greaves joins mayoral race in Surrey

Greaves says she will run as an independent, but ‘joining a slate is under consideration’

Retired teacher Julia Poole to run for Surrey school board

Poole says her passion is to ‘find new and different ways of engaging at-risk students and those who are physically and mentally challenged’

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Federal government announces over $115 million to Royal Canadian Navy

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was at Victoria’s CFB Esquimalt to announce missile system upgrades

RCMP nab prolific car thief after month-long, B.C.-wide search

A province-wide warrant was issued for Brian Robert Stephan in June for a litany of offences

Court sides with developer in Jumbo ‘substantially started’ dispute

Resort developer successfully argues 2014 decision that halted the project was unfair

Canada’s tax system unfairly favours wealthy, poll of CRA auditors suggests

Four of every five respondents think loopholes and tax credits built into the system benefit the rich

Banff’s Sunshine ski resort upset with proposed guidelines from Parks Canada

The plan would allow for more visitors but wouldn’t let Sunshine build additional facilities

Conditions improve for battling northwest B.C. wildfires, minister says

‘Self-evacuated’ people fleeing smoke advised to go home

Most Read