Our Leap into Peafowl!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by AugeredIn, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Well its that time of year that the peafowl programs spool down so I figured I would start a thread on our leap into peafowl. Something to keep us interested for a while.

    We live primarily in Pensacola, but we have a farm in north central part of the panhandle. It has taken a while to get cleaned up the things that absolutely had to be taken care of and over the last few months we have been able to do some of the things we wanted to do. My daughter wanted a nice chicken coop/run combo so I built that. We also did some pretty intensive gardening this summer. She has been bothering me about peafowl for some time as we have had a few free rangers in the past. She is alll about the breeding and hatching of any kind of poultry.

    Anyway, we visited the Rocking BAB Ranch which is very near us and that was all it took to for her to annoy me into starting the new aviary.

    This thread will document the construction of the new aviary and our purchase of new peafowl and getting them settled in. I figured it would keep some of us interested over the next few months.

    Please feel free to chime in whenever you think I may be screwing something up or if you see something that maybe we could do better. I am certain I will be asking some questions as well.

    Our goal is not to breed and sell for profit but for fun. I should mention that I get asked alot about the four days of the week we are in Pensacola and what happens to our critters. We are fortunate enough that we are able to have a gentleman look after everything and do a little of the yard work to supplement his social security. I should also add that between relatives and relations in the area we have the most spoiled free ranged critters in north Florida.

    Anyway, here we go.
     
  2. The first task was to figure out what we wnated to build and where to build it.

    We decided to start with three pens. We decided we wanted between 300 and 400 square feet in each pen. I also wanted to incorporate some smaller pen space for animals that needed special attention or temporary storage.

    Close to the back of the house was what was once a small free range poultry shelter that was also used for plants and such.

    It looked like this:

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  3. This structure was attached to a storage shed and plant hot house. I figured if we tore this down we would have plenty of room for the new aviary and I could build the smaller pen onto the existing building.

    So we demo'd the old structure:

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  4. Here is what we were left with post demo:

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  5. The next step was to build the small pen on the existing structure.

    Here is a sequence of pictures of that construction. Note the nice dimensional wood and boards. We inherited some fantastic wood that we have been using.

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  6. And a couple closer to finished.

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    More to come later tonight!
     
  7. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks nicely done so far. It is so strange reading your story, that is sort of how it happened with me. I begged my dad for peafowl and before I visited Rocking B-A-B Ranch I had been researching peafowl a lot so I could prove I knew what I was getting into then when we visited Rocking B-A-B Ranch it wasn't until maybe 2 years later that I was able to get peafowl. My dad still wasn't ready for me to get peafowl but now he thinks they are pretty cool. All he asks is that my mom and I help him build the aviaries.

    I can't wait to see how your pen turns out. Are you thinking about adding plants since it sounds like your daughter is into gardening? I also like gardening. I love tropical plants so I am always trying to push the limits and try out some exotic plants here. I wish we where just a little hotter here so I could grow some more tropicals. I really want to get good at gardening, so far I am not good at grouping plants.
     
  8. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The smaller pen looks great! You really have some talent. If you are ever up in Kentucky, let me know! Lol
     
  9. Quote:Not in these three pens, but Ally eventually wants a pen like the big Rocking BAB open pens that would have that open tropical feel. We went to Seaworlds Discovery Cove this summer and they had peafowl in their big open aviary enclosed by nets. It was really cool in that the vegetation made you feel like you were not in an enclosure.
     
  10. Quote:Thanks! This is my stress relief. I enjoy the planning and the building.
     

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