moving peafowl

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by johnskoi, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. i'm probably moving within the next six months (500 miles or so)... taking the peas with me ... any ideas on what's the safest (and cheapest) way to move 40+ peas? ... thanks [​IMG]
  2. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Songster

    Sep 23, 2014
    Well it would take me the whole six months working full time to build new pens [​IMG] You have your hands full [​IMG]

    Are you making multiple trips, or just trying to go one time with everything & everyone?
  3. If you do it yourself just make sure that the cages are covered to keep them from jumping up and hurting themselves. Perhaps a dark box van or enclosed trailer during the cold part of the year so they don't overheat.
  4. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Songster

    Sep 23, 2014
    That's good advice! I moved mine about half that far and carried them in very large, wire dog crates, two birds to a crate. I put bird buddies together to prevent fighting. I covered the crates with towels & blankets to darken them, and the birds did even better after it got dark outside. Birds jumping up in the crates and hurting themselves is a real concern, and even when the crate is small, a panicked pea will explode up into whatever space it has, and bang itself into the top of the container, at least mine did & do.... I also put towels and bedding on the bottoms of the crates so that the birds had better footing, which helps them not be so anxious. And of course, drive as sedately as possible, because cornering and abrupt maneuvering also makes the birds fearful and increases the level of agitation.

    It's obviously easier to move males when the trains have dropped, but not always possible. I've seen photos of birds with their toails wrapped for shipping, but I haven't tried that... maybe someone who has done it could post an explanation or some photos?

    Assume the birds will get loose stools from the stress, and make sure to have electrolyte solution for them on the far end. I would probably try to travel at night and not open crates in the middle of the trip to avoid disasters.

    If you are going to be making multiple trips back and forth, perhaps you can take a smaller number of birds on each trip, perhaps in the passenger compartment of your vehicle? Obviously you can't leave birds in a hot car, or a hot trailer, or a hot U-Haul van... even for long enough to have lunch! An advantage to having the birds in the passenger compartment is that you know how hot/cold it is and you can monitor how they are doing. But it may not be feasible if you are only making one trip and need to move all those birds at once. So as @KsKingBee suggested, moving during a cooler time of the year would be safest.

    I really want to hear how you are going to manage pens for 40+ birds, 500 miles away -- wow, I'm impressed at that!
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Maybe rent or borrow a stock/horse trailer?

  6. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    OH MY, [​IMG]
    hope you have a bunch a pens cause this is gonna be a real chore
    Do you know anyone with a cattle hauler?
  7. MinxFox

    MinxFox Crowing

    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Plastic dog boxes or dog boxes like what coon hunters use for their dogs work great. They are dark, but have air holes and birds never seem to spook in them. Not sure if you have enough dog boxes for that many peas though. I am sure you could fit at least 2 peafowl per box.

    You can put newspaper down in whatever you put the peafowl in since they probably will poop in there. That way, you can just take the newspaper out for cleanup instead of having a tough time getting the poop out.

    I have heard of people traveling really far to pick up a lot of someone's peafowl because they were getting out of the hobby. I am not sure how they traveled with all the birds but it has been done.
  8. thanks for the replies [​IMG] ... probably going to go the stock trailer route.. an old friend stopped by yesterday and he'll most likely be able to help with the haul [​IMG]... if time allows i'll post pics when it happens...crating in passenger seat sounds fine --- but stressed peafowl put off the smelliest turds.. 500 miles of that would NOT be fun
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Good luck with the move!

  10. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Songster

    Dec 18, 2013
    Good luck and have fun!!!

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