While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, one breed of bird that is becoming more and more popular as a pet is the peafowl, a member of the pheasant group. Its much wider used name is the peacock, which describes the male of the species. The female is the peahen and the young are termed peachicks. And they are most well known for their brightly-coloured, huge plumage and their screaming, ear-splitting cries. But, if you have ideas to keep peacocks, then you're going to have to ensure that they are well looked after. That means building a sturdy roost.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 5 cm x 10 cm x 20 cm (2" x 4" x 8") blocks of wood
- A 5 cm x 10 cm (2" x 4") board
- Nails or screws
Before you get to the stage of building the roost for your peacocks, there is the matter of first constructing a pen. And that's no mean feat. Indeed, the average garden shed will simply not cut it. Ideally, for two or three birds, a pen needs to be somewhere in the region of 3 metres by 6 metres (approximately 10 feet by 20 feet). That may sound a lot, but it should be noted that the open plumage and tail (known as the train) of an average male may give the creature an overall height of around 1.5 metres (roughly 5 feet) and a length of 1.8 metres (or 6 feet). Size, then, definitely matters when it comes to peacocks.
As for the construction of the roost within the pen itself, there are a number of factors that need to be kept in mind. First, and despite what many people may think to the contrary, peacocks are extraordinarily skilled flyers. And they enjoy flying, too. So, if your birds are in a pen for a significant amount of time, it's always wise to ensure that you keep life interesting for them by building the roost above ground level, thus giving them the opportunity to use their wings to access it. And, as with the matter of the size of the pen, it's important that the roost is of appreciable length to comfortably accommodate such large birds, too.
As for the methods of construction of a peacock roost, it's not a difficult task, but it does require you to adhere to accepted and tried and tested guidelines. The first step is to firmly fix two 5 cm x 10 cm x 20 cm (2" x 4" x 8") blocks of wood to opposing sides of the walls of the pen with nails or screws, and at a height of around 1.5 metres (5 feet). Then, measure the distance between the two blocks and affix to them, again using nails or screws, a 5 cm x 10 cm (2" x 4") flat board of the required length from wall to wall. And there you have it: the ideal roost for your peacocks.
A roost to be proud of
Tips and warnings
- Always build a roost above ground level. Ensure it is sturdy and firmly fixed to the walls of the pen.
- Never construct a roost out of rounded wood: in cold weather, a bird may suffer from frostbite if its toes are constantly exposed due to holding onto a circular roost.
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