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Good additional pets for a backyard?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by furrybollocks, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. furrybollocks

    furrybollocks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there,
    My mom sent me a picture today of a beautiful male peacock and asked if we could get one. She was really disappointed when I said no since we live in the city, and then again when she asked if we could get koi! Our pond is just too small. I would love to be able to offer her some alternative animals that are equally as eye catching for our yard, but I have no idea where to start. We have five hens, a rabbit, three dogs, and many fish. Any suggestions?
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pigeons and doves-they come in many shapes and sizes-look at pictures of pigeon breeds before dismissing the idea-some are quite eye catching.
     
  3. furrybollocks

    furrybollocks Out Of The Brooder

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    I've actually researched pigeons and doves! My biggest concern for that would be find a place for a small aviary, though I'm sure there's a corner or two that I could take up.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pigeons should be kept in a coop setting. Many varieties love to fly; even do acrobatics. Others are more ground dwellers only flying short distances. I used to raise pigeons not long ago. Rollers are great fun to watch fly. Fantails and pouters are unique.
    Look at pictures of oriental frills and nuns; pretty birds. And pigeons are hardy and easy to care for.
     
  5. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe your mother would like these-Golden Pheasant. Pictures off the internet.

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  6. furrybollocks

    furrybollocks Out Of The Brooder

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    Pigeons, doves, or song birds would be beautiful choices. If she asks again then I'll bring it up to her.

    Those Golden Pheasents are beautiful! I did quite a bit of reading after your recommendation, but I could never quite find out if you can free range them or not. It would just be my yard, not traditional free range, and my fence is about 7 feet high. What do you think?
     
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    i recently got a pair of Nigerian dwarves they are great! just like a dog! they are allowed with in city limits in most counties.
     
  8. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never had golden pheasant; only looked and drooled. But I suspect they are good fliers and would need to be in a run. Type your question into the search box at the top of this page-there are posts on this subject.
     
  9. furrybollocks

    furrybollocks Out Of The Brooder

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    From what I've found, most people keep their Goldens in the coop full time. That's a little disappointing, but since my chickens could get them sick it would probably be best. Id have to build another coop for them.
     
  10. furrybollocks

    furrybollocks Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you use your dwarves for, Makela?
     

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