9 weeks ago this Monday I hatched my first 2 baby peafowl using an incubator. They are lovely, very friendly and growing fast. However, I read that they are very fragile and sensitive to low temperatures.
I am currently keeping them in the basement(it has 2 windows) in a large space I am not using, with an infrared light in a corner when they feel the need to warm up (they don’t use it anymore though but I still keep it on just in case). When its sunny outside I let them stay in a special place in my yard to eat grass, sun bathe and run around. I live in Romania(Bucharest) and autumn is showing its first signs. It’s getting colder and colder outside and some days it rains. I am very worried that soon I will not be able to give them even a few hours of sunshine a day because of the low temperatures. Also, as they are growing bigger and bigger the smell has become a problem – I clean and wash the place they live in every day – but it still smells after just a few hours. Also I am worried they will not have enough space in there soon.
I also have a huge yard where I keep about 30 chickens free roaming, I have a special place for my peacocks in that yard, separated from the chickens but I am not sure they are ready to be taken there yet.
Please help me with the following information:
1.Given the fact that they are 9 weeks old, what temperature should I be keeping them at? Would it be possible to keep them outside now or during this winter since they were born so late in the summer? The temperature here in Bucharest is currently between 74°- 54° F (23°- 12 C) but it will drop to 58°-47°F (13° - 8°C) at the end of next week. During the winter months(December, January and February) we have temperatures below 50° F( 10° C) most of days with some days as cold as 23° (-5° C).
2. What temperatures do you keep peacocks at during winter?
Any suggestions on how to keep them during this winter until spring would be appreciated. (shed ideas, how to keep them warm, how to keep them inside the house if necessary etc)
Thank you in advance
PS: you can see some pictures of them here http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1003207/gender/90#post_15908552