Published: Jan 02, 2012 8:05 PM EST

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Peacocks from the Florida Panhandle are making their movie debut in the film "We Bought a Zoo."

Several peacocks and peahens from Rocking B-A-B Ranch in Defuniak Springs were trained for the film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

Ranch manager Josh Nelson tells the Northwest Florida Daily News that he also sent 20 eggs to California in the spring so that the film crew could capture footage of chicks hatching.

Thousands attend the ranch's annual Farm Day each fall, when owners Bill and Jane Buckelew open it to the public. Nelson said the ranch exports peafowl all over the world.