Low temperatures during winter help

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by ralgal, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. ralgal

    ralgal Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2012
    Hey guys,

    My peafowl are one year and a half old and this is their first real winter outside (last year I kept them in a heated shed that they are now a bit too large to stay in). The temperatures have been decent for a winter here in Bucharest Romania ( ranging from 6 degrees Celsius(42.8 Fahrenheit) during the day to -10 degrees celsius(-4 Fahrenheit) mininum at night). They have a large shed now, insulated and perfectly, closed at night with hay and wood on the floor and sleeping perches but during the day the door to it is wide open so you can't say the temperature is higher inside. They sometimes stay inside the shed during the day when it's cold and just fix their feathers.

    However they are announcing a few very cold days here in Bucharest and a snowstorm tomorrow. Temperatures between -20 degrees Celsius(14 degrees Fahrenheit) to a maximum of -10 degrees Celsius(-4 Fahrenheit) over the next 3 days.
    Should I worry about them and move them somewhere warmer? The problem with moving them in the small heated shed is that the male peacock has an enormous tail at the moment and I am sure he will not sit well in that small shed.
    Should I bring them something to heat the space up at night? What about during the day? I can't keep them in the shed during the day since it's completely dark inside.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Here are some pictures of them:


  2. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2011
    ..... no more perch outside .... only inside !
    Inside = no wind .... no rain or snow !
  3. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Cold does not hurt peafowl, wet and windy does. Chase them into the building at sunset and shut the door when it is going to be in the single digits or below 0* F. The most important thing you can do is provide wide perches so they can sit on their toes. We use 2" x 4" laid flat for perches. Mature peafowl can survive being outside all winter roosting in the trees with freezing ice and winds but they are also susceptible to getting sick if not in top condition.

    If you provide heat they won't be as able to cope with the cold on their own, I would not unless they are sick. Just keep them out of the wind and rain on wide perches and they should be fine.
  4. Rachelle Leigh

    Rachelle Leigh New Egg

    Dec 13, 2015
    Mid Michigan
    I live in Michigan it gets very cold here and it doesn't bother my peas. I don't supply heat. Just a good shelter with wide perches so they can keep their feet warm.
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  5. nevsma

    nevsma Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Dodgeville, WI
    I live in Wisconsin where our nights currently have been -8 F with a wind chill reaching -30. The peafowl sleep outside every night on the wide 2" x 4" perches. I have owned peafowl for 20 years and have never had issues. If it is very windy, the peafowl head inside for the night, but they usually are outside. I have 6 month old (almost full grown by this time) that have been sleeping outside with all the adults and they are fine. I would highly suggest not adding heat, because they won't be able to make the adjustment to the cold on their own.
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  6. barkerg

    barkerg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2015
    Salado, Texas
    I agree with @KsKingBee, its not the cold but the wind and rain. If you can keep the wind off of them they will be fine,[​IMG].

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