Wintering Green Peafowl?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by MinxFox, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I know I should know the answer to this...But...I don't!

    The peafowl stickies said this:
    Quote: After reading that, I was wondering how warm is very warm?

    Also, I read this on Hopkin's page:
    Quote: It doesn't get well bellow freezing here, but it certainly does not stay 30 to 40 deg. F in the winter...

    I thought I didn't have to worry about the green peafowl's winter requirements because I am in Florida. Well...I got to thinking about how last winter seemed a little harsh with a small ice storm. Usually for our winters it gets around 20-10 deg F, but for a few days in a row it can sometimes be as cold as 5 deg F. We don't have a dry cold here it is a wet cold so to me, it makes it feel even colder than it is.

    I have been rushing to finish at least one pen, and so far one has almost all of the fencing up. I need to order netting and get a shelter, but the shelter part is what I am unsure of.

    I don't have electricity out to the pens, although I don't think I need electricity right? I don't get snow here and I don't think it is so harsh that they would need heating or a heat lamp. I was thinking I could build a tin shelter with nice high roosts and the back wall would be fully enclosed with the side walks half enclosed and the rest of the wall would be fencing along with some tightly spaced bamboo fencing I have been wanting to use on a pen. Does that sound good? I know the main issue is that the birds need to keep their toes warm. I figure if the shelter blocks the wind that will cut down a lot of the harshness of the winter. I know for me, winter is okay but it is the wind that really gets me. I can definitely sympathize with tropical birds.

    I was thinking something a bit similar to the tin shelter I currently have in the other aviary:
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    I hope someone can help! I think I will be okay with the above type shelter but I just want to be sure. I would hate to finally get green peafowl only for them to get frost bite! Rocking BAB's greens all seemed to have shelters just like this and I didn't see any form of heated roosts or enclosed areas that they are placed in for the winter. I really hope I won't need any kind of heat because that would be a huge setback!
     
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  2. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our winter here don't usually go below 30 here so it's not that bad, the only thing I do for winter is covering the pens with plastic just like this video , it will be my first winter with green peafowl so I will wait for some answers too.
     
  3. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everywhere I've read about greens says they need heat below 40°F. If it gets that cold there "Usually for our winters it gets around 20-10 deg F, but for a few days in a row it can sometimes be as cold as 5 deg F. We don't have a dry cold here it is a wet cold so to me, it makes it feel even colder than it is." Then I think you are going to need to supply some kind of heat. The added moisture is going to be a real problem for the birds.
     
  4. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I emailed Sid of Texaspeafowl (http://www.texaspeafowl.com/) about this and this is what he said:
    Quote: Thanks,
    Sid
    This is one of Rocking BAB Ranch's pens. All of the green peafowl pens look like this and they have the same weather as we do. I guess I should just ask Josh when I see him since I didn't notice any electricity or lighting in the pen or heated roosts, no door to an indoor area, etc.
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    I just remembered this, but Bird Man, who has weather a little colder than ours, had a pair of green peafowl (perhaps just high % spaldings) and he only gave them a shelter with one wall and a roof. The rest is fencing. I never noted any missing toes on his pair. The peacock did hurt his feet fence fighting, but they healed quickly.

    I really hope I don't need heat. [​IMG] To me it sounds like as long as the roost is good to where they can sit over their legs and feet, they should be okay. Hopefully that will be good. I could build them a completely enclosed building, but then I would run into the issue of letting them in and out of there. I don't live where I keep my peafowl so that would mean more driving trips because I would have to go let them out in the morning and put them up for the night.

    I can hook up a heat lamp. I can run some extension cords from the barn to the pen for a heat lamp. Then eventually I could see about making a green peafowl pen next to the barn so that way I could easily (I think) have electricity. I could use the side of the barn as a wind break as well to keep the greens warm. Hopefully I won't have to do that though. I kind of want to keep all of the pens all together.

    I don't even know if I will get greens this year, next year, or 10 years from now. At least hopefully I will be ready for them. Maybe I should try asking AugeredIn...He is in my area and has that green peacock...
     
  5. You should protect the entire covered area from wind/draft. Leaving the bottom or sides open will blow away any radiant heat.
     
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  6. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay so it has to have all sides enclosed? Or can one side be open?
     

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