Our first Peafowl.....can they roost with our chickens??

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by petitesphinx, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We finally got our first Peafowl; I have been DREAMING about owning a pair since I was a weeee little thing.

    We have them in a dog kennel/crate in the chicken coop (VERY large coop-half side of whole barn) so they know where they are.

    Questions:

    Can they roost with our chickens and guineas?

    How long do we need to keep them in the cage before setting them free to roam the yard?

    They don't seem to want to eat the chicken feed we have for the chickens, is it the wrong feed or are they just settling in?

    Will they hurt or eat our little chicks that are in the coop with them?

    Thank you thank you!! I'm new at chickens and super new at having Peafowl!! [​IMG]
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    how old are the peafowl? I dont mixes chicken with peafowl. I know many do,and if you free range them little harm in free range them together.
    Welcome too the peafowl world.

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  3. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! We plan to let our roam around are yard (12 acres in the middle of the country) so we're hoping they're plenty safe.

    Is that your bird?? He is STUNNING!! Wow! We got one male and 2 girls (peahens?) and they're white with the browns, greens and blues. The seller said that they can throw whites, blues or browns when they lay. I'm crossing my fingers for a pure white!!
     
  4. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great question, I should know this! Oh, I'll have to call the guy. I believe they're under two. They have feathers and are quite large, but I don't think they're over two.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes he is one of mine.

    Best to keep your pen for about 6 weeks before letting them free range. then make sure no Dogs around to scare them. Let the peacock out first he should stay around the peahens.

    Sound like you have pieds or silver pied. Pied X pied = 25% white chicks. By brown are they Cameo or Bronze???

    If 2 yr. now the peacock should have a full train this spring. Will breed at 2yr old.


    Here is a pic. of a purple pied.

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  6. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My parents kept peafowl running on 10 acres with chickens and guineas. They all stayed together and we never had a problem. You will truly enjoy them !!![​IMG]
     
  7. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine looks like that pic but a lot of green instead of blue (don't know what kind they are). But he hasn't spread his wings for us yet. We got them Tuesday and kept them in the large kennel inside the barn/coop for a few days. I just let them out to walk inside the coop now (is that too early?) but won't let them outside to room for a few weeks, then.

    They just walked around and didn't bother the chickens in the coop (as of yet).


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  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes they will be fine in the coop.
    You have Spalding pieds,and yes you will get some white chicks from them.
     
  9. ronniega1

    ronniega1 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have my peachick in with my turkey and chickens they seem to all get along....when i let them free range one day one of my peachicks and a turkey poult flew the coop lol....looked and looked but never did i find them dead or alive...so as of now they are staying inside the fenced area....thankful i still have one peachick and one turkey poult left.....ronnie
     
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Chickens can carry diseases that they pass to peafowl & turkey, yet no harm to the chickens.(blackhead for one)
    Yes I know many people run them together. With no harm.

    I have over 70 breeder peafowl, so I dont take the risk!!

    Most time they are ok , but if you do have trouble with diseases. That the first thing I would change.

    Peafowl get along with other Poultry.
     

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