Originally Posted by SilverPenny
I have so much to catch up on! Life got crazy over here. Hope the holidays were good to everyone :)
I told our neighbors that we were getting peacocks and made peacock stenciled sugar cookies that went over pretty well, and also found out that one of our neighbors previously had an emu until his dog got it. Everyone seemed excited and supportive about the peacocks, which was great.
As the time draws closer, I'm trying to decide where to get my peacocks from, and if I want to brave the day-old chicks, or get an older pair, and if I want to go local with Legg's, or order online. I'm planning on taking a week off work when I get them just to bond.
Also, I'm finalizing plans for the giant coop. I've decided on a hoop design with between 1000-1200 sq feet total. Undecided on the total number of birds too, although that depends on where I get the birds from. Any suggestions for reputable peacock breeders? What about day olds vs older chicks? I honestly don't know if I can handle all the work with the day olds and am really nervous but excited for this whole adventure!
Yep I have several colors of peafowl and am not that far from you. KsKingBee has peafowl as well. He is however a couple hours further to the NW. What color are you looking for? I currently have many 2015 juveniles left. I really need to thin some of them down.
For a first time peacock owner I certainly wouldn't recommend new hatches. Peafowl can go down so quickly that you might not even know something is wrong until it is too late. Particularly with new hatches. I'd personally start with older or started birds and learn from that point. Just my personal opinion. Send me a pm if you like. I am hoping to move several of these out of here before spring. My pens are too crowded.
Well it's rained and rained. My pups look like little mud balls and are cold and wet. I just went out and put another heater out there hopefully to dry them up a little. I had to pull their bedding all out cause it was soaked. I really need to get some straw and fill that pen in to help keep it a little drier. I wish I had another place to put them temporarily where they could clean up and stay dry. I can't move the dog house right now because it's so muddy everything would sink. It's big enough it takes a tractor to move it anyway.
Trish, as long as you aren't running a fever I think they'll do surgery. Have you considered since you are burning firewood that possibly the wood may have had some contaminates in it? I had to quit burning the wood fireplaces for that reason. Plus it makes the air so dry you are more apt to get a sinus infection or something. I'd be putting a humidifier in or keeping water on the stove to put some moisture in the air. I run a humidifier and or vaporizer in the bedroom all winter which helps a lot.
My geese are gearing up for breeding season. Ugh! I hate that since my fencing isn't done. They also tend to rip out all their pretty curls during breeding. I really wish they'd wait until later cause we loose so many eggs to the cold. I wanted to get another shelter or two built for them to lay in as well. There just isn't enough hours in the day.
I have something going on for the next three days and wonder how I am ever going to keep things done around here. Why do things seem to pile up all at once. I thought sure things would slow down once the holidays were over.