How much floor space (sq feet) is required for a 5 to 12 week old peachick?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Chicken Keith, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Chicken Keith

    Chicken Keith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Trying to gauge the size of my grower pen.

    Didn't get any responses in the earlier post, so my title goes straight to the point.

    I'm a peafowl newbie, and I'm trying to smartly plan for my birds to arrive this summer. Is keeping peas off the ground absolutely critical or is it advised? Please help. My decision to raise 'em depends on how much equity needs to go into a grower pen.
  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2012
    Makara, Wellington, NZ
  3. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    East central Illinois
    My new peas don't see dirt until the following spring,main reason my grandma used to keep 200 laying leghorns on the farm here up until the late '70's,,,and I don't want anything unecessary to happen if it can be prevented.
  4. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2011
    Some people do and some don't, its a matter of opinion, probably based on personal experience and location. It would depend somewhat on whether you have other poultry or not. I think its universally accepted that its easier to raise peas if you don't have other poultry, especially turkeys, because other poultry can be carrying "diseases" that don't particularly harm them but may be fatal to peas. The thing is that as a newbie you will have a much better experience if you start using the safest,most conservative methods possible. Let experience tell you what is or isn't absolutely negative.
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    I haven't had peafowl for very long, and I don't have that many. Maybe I got lucky raising my first five who will all be four this summer. They were raised on the ground with other poultry, ducks, chickens, turkeys, guineas and none of them have ever been sick, not even a sneeze!

    Then we moved with the same flock 15 miles south to a property that has never had other farm animals on it and I've had nothing but problems with my young turkeys and young peafowl. All of the problems stem from histomoniasis (blackhead). Maybe it's the soil conditions, maybe something else, I'll never know.

    So this year, if I decide to hatch any peas, they will NOT touch the ground until they are at least six months old. Since you mentioned money, I should say that hindsight is 20-20... The amount of money I have spent on vet bills, medications, fuel for trips to the vet, etc. would have built a very nice above_the_ground_enclosure. Then there are the hours upon hours I have spent caring for them...
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
  7. Chicken Keith

    Chicken Keith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you all who responded. Sorry I didn't acknowledge all your helpful responses earlier. I appreciate the feedback. French Black Copper, we are kindred spirits. I have some FBCM eggs in the bator right now. I'm a sucker for a Chocolate dark brown egg!!

    I suppose it is wise to plan to avoid problems. I need to think this through. 8 peachicks is an investment, on the order of 300-350 dollars. I can't afford to screw this up! LOL

    I'll keep studying and reading here, as well as lurking for your tidbits to success.

    Thanks, again, y'all.

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