new to raising peafowl

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

  1. carin goldsberr

    carin goldsberr New Egg

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    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 Premium Member

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 New Egg

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you post a photo of Dave? we should be able to tell by now if it is a male or female.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. carin goldsberr

    carin goldsberr New Egg

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    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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