9 tips for raising peafowl | Living the Country Life
More
Close

9 tips for raising peafowl

Whether you're considering trying peafowl or looking for advice, check out these helpful tips from Louden Farms.
  • Ian Adams

    Meet our source

    Jen Louden of Louden Farms in Newbury, Ohio has been raising peafowl with her husband, Jay, and their family since 2008. Today, their acreage is home to 84 adult peafowl used as breeders. The family is working to have a sixth peafowl pattern approved that they have been raising on their small farm called the "progressive pied." 

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Ian Adams

    Buy birds young

    "We definitely recommend starting with chicks," said Jen. "They need to learn where their home base is."

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Ian Adams

    Be delicate

    Peafowl are more fragile than other poultry. Peachicks, especially, have a higher susceptibility to issues with the immune system. The birds also can easily obtain frostbite on their toes, but they enjoy roosting even in cold weather, said Jen. 

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Mitch Kezar

    Keep them wormed

    "If they're very skinny or if the bird looks rustled that means they are not healthy," said Jen. 

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Ian Adams

    Be protective

    The birds handle weather changes and many seasons well, but Jen recommends being cautious during storms or any type of severe weather conditions. 

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Beware of heights

    Peafowl fly very well and can be counted on to put their wings to use occasionally. It's not unusual to find them high up in the trees, Jen said.

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • John Noltner

    Look out for attitude

    Stubbornness is not uncommon in peafowl. "If they are determined there is really not a whole lot anyone can do," Jen said.

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Ian Adams

    Have fun with genetics

    Jen and Jay are fascinated by the possibilities available when crossing peafowl breeds. Jen encourages others to get excited about genetics and discover all of the approved patterns and colors for themselves.

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Ian Adams

    Get involved

    The United Peafowl Association holds an annual meeting, distributes six publications a year to members, and exists solely to promote peafowl. Jen and Jay got involved with the organization shortly after buying their first four peachicks and recently hosted the annual conference in fall of 2013. 

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Randall Schieber

    Be attentive

    If living in a winter climate, consider having a covered and protected pen for the birds when there is potential for heavy snow on top of outdoor pens, Jen suggested. 

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Ian Adams

    Looking to learn more?

    Check out the Louden Farms website at www.loudenfarms.com

    Email Jen Louden at jen@loudenfarms.com

    Learn more about the UPA at www.peafowl.org

    Date Published: October 7, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014

Latest Blogs

Everyday Gardeners |
6/23/17 | 10:29 AM
Kids respond really well to the familiar taste and fresh, perky scent of mint. Even my...read more
Betsy's Backyard |
6/13/17 | 4:05 PM
Last week I flew to New York City to attend an awards luncheon. I was honored to be named...read more

Add Your Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login