New to Raising Peafowl? forum: A place to discover if Peafowl are for you

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ImagePeafowlanjl
Feb 24, 2010 2:31 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Gate (Rochester) WA
Do I want to raise Peafowl?
What does it entail?
What do I need?
What do I need to know?
How do I choose?

Use this forum as a place to discover
Cheryl ~ Pea
Peafowl Haven
Image1AnjL
Feb 24, 2010 12:56 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
well, you know I definitely want to...but my city ordinances forbid it... so I would say start there Big Grin
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
lakesidecallas
Feb 24, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Do I want to raise Peafowl? YES! I've wanted them for a long time.
We do have a few chickens (10) but no other fowl. They sleep in a wooden coop that is inside a 6x12 ft dog kennel with chicken wire across the top. We do live out in the woods, we used to let our chickens free range but predators ate 2 of our white chickens so we put a halt to that. Most go out into a 20x36 ft pen during the day, it has a fence about 4 ft tall but that is it.

We do get cold during the winter, usually a night or two down into the teens, occasionally down into single digits.
We do have a greenhouse that stays a minimum of 55 at night.

What does it entail?
What do I need?
What do I need to know?
How do I choose?

Those are all good questions! We don't seem to have any breeders nearby, I'm very glad you made this cubit and forum for me to learn from.
ImagePeafowlanjl
Feb 25, 2010 3:27 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Gate (Rochester) WA
Hi Lakeside!

Your situation sounds a bit like mine. I kind of touched on it in the housing forum; but basically the 4 chickens I have left are in just about the same housing / yard you have. My fence is 5ft high, but only because that's the wire I had on hand at the time. Critters have figured out how to go over the wire now; even though it's loose, so thinking shorter. *Blush*

Our temps even seem to be close; though the green house is usually colder. No heat & not using for wintering plants these days. I believe your summers are much warmer though and too humid for me Smiling

I started with India Blue because a breeder left them at the local feed store to sell - she had too many. Pretty good deal at $50 for breeding pair, no idea on the age though. The cock was taken by a predator; hence one the reasons for my peafowl not being able to be free ranged anymore. Not going to lose anymore to bobcat, coyotes, or whatever.

It seems you need to an enclosed space, as peafowl can fly pretty decently, fairly high and for quite some distance. Mine once few from a few feet up in a fir tree, across the 'farm' a few acres to the very top of my house which would equate to aprox. top of 3rd floor.. Predator lost that one!

Since they are big birds, they need more space. I believe the cock needs 6+ft high by 10+ft wide for his showing off and being able to move around. Then, more space for more birds. The housing will be probably be your biggest part of the project. I am working on another 'shelter' as weather permits.

Once the housing is in place, they really aren't much more to care for than chickens - in my opinion. Feed, water and clean area couple times a year.

Or - Do you have a barn?? Large shed? hummm thinking...

Were you thinking of purchasing full grown? Or as chicks? Try craigs list. Believe it or not, that is how I found my last peahen and 3 chicks (now 2 yrs old). Especially mid-spring to late summer. Chicks of course are cheaper; BUT, peafowl generally mature at age 2 or 3, I believe.

Hopefully others from your area and with more knowledge can help too. There is more that I didn't even touch on, think of, etc.

Oh yeah, if you go to pick them up; they do better traveling in a pet carrier where they seem to feel safer? At least they don't see as much and tend to remain calmer/

Good luck on deciding!
I TOTALLY LOVE THESE FOWL!!!
Lovey dubby
Cheryl ~ Pea
Peafowl Haven
Imagekenboy
Feb 25, 2010 7:34 AM CST
Name: kenboy
Big Sandy TX zone 8
So much to say here. It seems y'all think that peafowl have a hard time in the cold, they do not. It has got down in the low teens several times this Winter and even down to 9F once, no problem. Their body mass is much bigger than a chicken. As far a housing, all you need is a cover. If they get wet and it turns real cold they have problems. I have a friend who has free range birds in upper state CT. On a very cold Winter one of his cock lost several toes but we are talking below 0 temps for days.

Their diet is very important and must be adjusted to the weather. Peahens need protean during laying season and both need protean during molting season. Molting season for the cock is extremely long for the cock, he has a very long train to grow back every year. The cock starts molting in late Summer but does not finish until late Winter. When it get cold peafowl need carbs, grains. I feed a good chicken layer pellet all year long and pitch grain in their pen as need be. If the do not clean it up by the next day, I cut back on the amount. You will find that when it gets cold they will leave the pellets and go for nothing but the grains. Carbs keep them warm.

More coming later, I must get to work.

Here is a picture of my peacock perch;



Thumbnail by kenboy

Imagekenboy
Feb 25, 2010 7:36 AM CST
Name: kenboy
Big Sandy TX zone 8
Here is a side shot.

Thumbnail by kenboy

lakesidecallas
Feb 25, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Thanks Cheryl and Kenboy for your comments. I'm just about to run out the door, but wanted to say,

Kenboy, I believe you about the weather. While living in SE Wisconsin, we had at least one peacock escapee in our neighborhood, I used to walk my dog long distances on the weekend and we surprised one in a bushy area- my dog was sniffing around and doing his doggy thing, and we heard a loud honk in the bushes right next to us. About turned my hair gray (er)!
After that we saw the peacock scampering through yards on occasion. Part of that neighborhood was velly hoity-toity, and some of them didn't like that at all- got animal control to come out, but as far as I know, they never caught them.
lakesidecallas
Feb 26, 2010 10:07 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Well, I was hoping I could get by without a closed in pen for them. Maybe I can rig up something in our chicken yard.
ImagePeafowlanjl
Mar 3, 2010 2:13 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Gate (Rochester) WA
Sorry, been a while - been busy!

Ken, I totally believe you regarding the cold. Tended to believe it was an 'old farmers tale'. Peafowl do better with cold / snow than chickens seem to.

How tall are your flight pens? They appear say 10ft or so? Also, your perch, is that a metal top? If so, the birds don't mind standing on it. they don't slide? How tall is it? 6ft? I like it! Better than my strategically placed branches (commonly referred to as 'widow makers' in the logging community). I really like your pens! Lovey dubby

Lakeside, I know why Kenboy keeps his birds penned (great looking breeders!) I wouldn't give up too soon on free ranging them. When I did, I suspect very strongly that it was not a predator that got my birds. I believe it to have been a person..... no proof except that the normal tell tale signs - feathers everywhere, struggle... Know they did not leave, as their tail feathers had been left by the side of the road. Pulled out?? No other real signs.

Also, peafowl roost high in the trees - mine went up in the fir trees or roosted with the chickens. Not much can get at them and I am not convinced that a raccoon will go after them in the trees. Anyone else know? Many peafowl owners here in WA let their birds roam free. There are also 'wild' ones around - those whose owners have left them Sad Thinking I am just a chicken myself & am robbing my birds of a better life.....
Cheryl ~ Pea
Peafowl Haven
lakesidecallas
Mar 3, 2010 8:09 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Thanks. I'm not giving up yet.

There is a petting zoo near us. Yeah, I know. But it is a nice place that has been a family business for a long time. They had an albino deer for many years and although it died a few years ago, the guy got tears in his eyes talking about it.

They have a ton of peafowl, all free range. All different colors, too.

We were surprised when a predator got 2 of our chickens during the day. With 6 dogs that bark at the drop of a hat (or leaf), we don't see much wildlife around here. Both of the chickens were white and I think that's what did them in, they were just so visible. Our roosters still wander around a bit but don't go very far into the woods, we decided to pen our remaining girls because 1 is white and the others are Rhode Island Reds, who live to eat and would just wander around eating everything in sight and would walk right up to a coyote if it was holding a piece of bread, lol.

Ken, I like your roost too, and what I can see of your pen. They look like simple designs, very efficient.

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