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Free range peafowl needs a perch

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by chic137, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. chic137

    chic137 New Egg

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    We have been adopted by a very friendly peahen. I was hoping she would find her way home before winter, but she is still with us. I do not want her to be bitter cold this winter, but she seems to prefer roosting on my furniture on the screened porch now that it's cold (PA). She loves the back deck and she is of course, free range during the day.
    Does anyone know how large a platform with perch should be if she is simply there overnight? And how much room does she need? Temporarily, I was going to erect something at the corner of my back deck and screened porch under the very wide eave of the porch roof, since that's where she has set up quarters, but I do not want to turn the back deck into her "pen"...... her food is off in the yard, so that's not an issue.
    Next winter I can erect something more permanent, but for now???? Any advice? The only other option is to try to get her further into the back yard to the garden tractor shed, but that might also be too cold. Thanks for any help. I could post pics if it would help.
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I will tell ya from experience that just cause you build it does not mean they will use it, mine sleep in the trees even in wind,freezing rain, snow is a treat here but some of my peas have seen it and it did not bother them, i always worry they will become to heavy and break a branch they are on at night but so far it has only been the goofee young guineas that have done that when 50 tried to roost on the same branch, they slept with the dogs in the yard that night cause they could not see to get back up in the tree.

    I would let her stay where she wants, you can always put a poop tray under her, erecting a perch there may have her leave and go somewhere not so safe.

    Please post a photo of your pretty.
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  3. If you build a roost I will bet you the place they never perch will be that roost. If there is a place you don't want them, that's where they will be.
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] yep..[​IMG] they be pea brains [​IMG]
     

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