new to raising peafowl

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by carin goldsberr, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. carin goldsberr

    carin goldsberr Hatching

    Oct 9, 2012
    Hi everyone I am new to raising peas and I must say that I love love love them.I have 5 dave and the beatles, but I have sadly lost 2 to illness.
    I live in Nova Scotia, We get very cold here in the winter, My boys live in our barn it's unheated. They are 4 months old and are sucessfully freeranging. We have lots of chickens ducks and bantums that seem to winter very well but I am concerned about the peas. Anywords of wisdom? Should they have a heat source or are they winter hardy?

  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I have read they need a heat source but I am new to peas, as well. I can't help you since I live way down the coast from you and we have mild winters compared to yours.
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    If they are high percentage green, they'll need heat. India Blues and all of the color sports developed from there will need protection from the elements. It helps them to have a wider roost so they cover their toes with their feathers and body while roosting (to help prevent frozen toes).

    When I got mine they were about the size of a leghorn chicken, and within a month they went through temps around -38F (at those temps F and C are pretty close). My male does have some freeze damage on his toes because the roost wasn't wide enough, buy they did fine otherwise.

    I try to avoid heat sources whenever possible, mostly because they can be a fire hazard and partly because in the event of a power outage it's harder on them when they are used to the heat.
  4. carin goldsberr

    carin goldsberr Hatching

    Oct 9, 2012
    thankyou for your replies.
    My youngest is Dave we hatched him in the incubator, he has imprinted on me and will come when I call especially with the promise of sunflower seeds. The other 2 will follow. He hatched on july 22 this year. He has been putting up his tail and shaking it at me somtimes but I am not sure this makes him male.
    his coloring is green on the neck but not fully and I think he looks like most of the other hens I have been looking at online.
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Can you post a photo of Dave? we should be able to tell by now if it is a male or female.
  6. carin goldsberr

    carin goldsberr Hatching

    Oct 9, 2012
    I can't seem to attach a picture so I changed my avatar picture.
    I liked your quote oh and your picture of your peas is so beautiful.
    I hang out with my babies for hours. I love them they eat from my hand and fly to me when I call them.
  7. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Crowing

    Jan 13, 2012
    Makara, Wellington, NZ
    Dave is quite lovely, but he's a she!
    It is wonderful that she is so comfortable with you.
    Most of our gang will eat out of my hand but they don't really want to get too close.[​IMG]

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