wanting peafowl on my farm

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by cowmilkinmomma, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. cowmilkinmomma

    cowmilkinmomma New Egg

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    I am new at this so i do not know what i am doing . I would like to get peafowl on my farm . I live in west central ohio . If any one can help me .... that would be great!!!
     
  2. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind of peafowl are you looking for? I strongly suggest black winged Spaulding's, white emeralds or harlequin pied Spaulding if you are looking for free range birds but that's my preference.
     
  3. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is your long-term goals? Just to own a few peacocks? To raise any on your own later on? Whats your feed budget per month? Do you currently have adequate housing for the birds or will you need to refurbish and existing building,or possibly build new as I have done? Peacocks are very addicting,,I started out with only wanting "a few" meaning 3-5,,but after looking at all the new colors and combinations there was,I now have about 45 Peas and will need to buy maybe 5 breeding aged birds this spring.How much space do you have? I have over 2 acres here so expansion is possible.

    My plans changed significantly in a span of the first month when I bought shipped fertile eggs.From wanting only "yard ornaments" I'm now facing the realization of possibly owning 150 birds here. Are you doing this just for fun,or for the genetic fascination and possibilities that exist? If you thinking of the latter of the two goals,,you will need to seriously lay out a breeding plan and stick with it.Choose your foundation colors-patterns and mutations carefully and keep excellent records.I know the exact date,the seller,the date and time I put those eggs in the bator and what time and date they hatched out.You may not be able to "pedigree" a peacock but good record keeping certainly adds vlaue when selling.

    I believe such and option should seriously be explored on peacocks about a pedigree on breeding birds,so everyone knows excatly what genetics are in their birds,whether it is genotype or phenotype.It would cut down a lot of guesswork for those of us wanting to increase the genetic information-database on peas.
     

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