In the Brooder
- Sep 28, 2014
So we have finally gotten my father to accept the fact that no matter what he does, we are getting peafowl. so I know enough about breeds to know that we want some indian blues. so first off, our coop is un insulated, but we will put in heat lamps and heated roosts. plus were in greater vancouver so we seldom get temperatures below -7 celcius. its about 10 by 15. is that big enough? also are glass windows okay? ive heard horror stories about peas flying into them. so one thing ive never been able to find is male to femalae ratios. id idealy like to have two males. but i dont know how many hens i would need to keep them from fighting with each other, and if these hens would be too many to fit in the coop? also, we dont have a run with a roof on top. is that okay? we do have a large yard with a approx. 4 foot fence. if their wings were clipped would that be enough to keep them in? (on the subject of wing clipping we would have to put them in the coop at night. would that be a huge task?) so we also plan on free ranging them. we have 1.5 acres of clear land for them to roam. would that be enough? also we dont have a gate, would that be a problem? our driveway is approx. 200 feet if that makes a difference. another thing, we have a 100 pound goldendoodle dog, who i can safely predict will try to make friends with them. he is very enthusiastic about it as well. we do have a fenced yard to keep him in though. will this be a problem? the road we are on is a slight concern, as though its not super busy, it is not a farm road. speed limit 70. i would hate to lose a bird. are we going to need a gate? one last thing is, i have heard if we raise them from a young age, they will be more friendly, and less likely to go exploring down the street. we would like to raise them from youngsters, but we also want to be sure about their genders, what age should we get them at? one definitely last thing is, i have heard they need to be wormed. no idea what that means or entails. thank you SO VERY MUCH for reading this. I would be greatful for ANY help. Thanks!