New Birds

I’d like to thank you for buying birds from us.
We have sent your delivery details to the bird courier.

Delivery fee as stated on the attached invoice is to be paid in cash to the courier on safe delivery of the birds.
Delivery will be done by a dedicated bird courier and in the best interest of the birds. So they must go direct from us to you. This should be within the next 7 working days. The couriers will contact you the day before the birds are delivered. They will phone you on the number you gave use. You will know the birds are being delivered to you before we know they are being picked up from us. At the moment deliveries for your area are on a Thursday.
I can’t give you a time the couriers will arrive, but the couriers have the contact number you gave us and they’ll get in touch with you when they can give more details.
Delivery fee as stated on your invoice is to be paid to courier on safe delivery of the birds. Unless you have paid this to us in advance, then you just need to be waiting to receive the birds.

There are some things to be aware of when letting birds out into their new pen.  I’m sorry if I’ve repeated things from past emails here but I just want things to go well when settling in your new birds.

Don’t just open the box or they may fly straight up to the top of the pen and hurt or even kill themselves. Even though I have clipped their wings before leaving me. I know someone who this happened to so this is why I’m asking you to roll the box on it’s side then open the top so the bird is thinking more about getting upright more than it is about escaping, If yours are young birds then they should not fly out with so much strength. Saying that I would still do the above and make sure the box is open or the birds may not be able to push the box folds apart. (I do not clip or pull out feather on the wings of  youngs birds under 6 months)
Now you leave the pen and the box in it. By the time he’s up on his feet he should walk out looking at what is new home is like. Have water and food and food to eat both inside and outside if you have a aviary for the first week so you can let them settle in without you disturbing they for a couple of days.

We feed our birds on Peafowl Pellets and 10% mixed grain. So you need to find somewhere that sells one of the below which are listed in order of preference
1. Peafowl Grower Pellets
2. Peasant Grower Pellets
3. Turkey Grower Pellets
4. Chicken Grower Pellets
(mixed grain on its own DOES NOT contain enough protein to maintain good birds)

Just check on them once in a while to see they have settled after their trip. If  the birds are delivered at night then keep them in the box until morning then let them out. If you do this keep the boxes in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

During the summer months keeping the birds cool while being transported is my main concern. This also continues when the birds come to you. Make sure they have fresh water to drink and food to eat both inside and outside if you have a aviary for the first week.

If it’s a sunny day un-boxing the birds in a covered area out of direct sunlight is good has this will stop them from getting over heated. If you have a inside and outside to your pen then keeping them inside for the first couple of days is not a bad thing. Just be careful it doesn’t get hot in there.

Remember you’ll have these birds for years to come so let them settle over time. Forcing them to do things is not how these birds work. Let them explore their new home in their own time. So helping them build a good mental map.

We are confining the birds so that they get accustomed to their new owner and they get to feel safe in their new home. I let them eat food for a couple of days then see what they have eaten. From that you can work out how much they eat a day. I then only give them that much food when I put their food in with them every day. This way they are waiting for their food the next time I feed them. They soon start to catch on that I’m the one they need to be seeing for food. Give the peafowl treats such as lettuce trimmings, raisins, grapes, tomatoes, bread, etc. to make them tamer. When releasing your birds one thing I’d say here is if you get the birds in winter it may well be better to not release them till spring. After a month has passed, pick a day when the weather is good.Then allow the peafowl to come out of their enclosure on their own. Do not force them out of the enclosure. If they are happy just to look out of the opening then be happy they are doing this. If they do come out you need to be just away from they so they know you are there but not to close that you are stopping them from coming out. Only let them come out a meter or so. You being near by should help stop them from going away from the door.
The reason for this is peafowl are creatures of routine. In the wild they follow mum around from a young age so learn from her where they are and they have a time table in their heads of what time they should be at what point in their routine. So we have to build a routine and time table in their heads. If you let them going wondering off down the garden it’ll look great to you, but for the birds its a one way trip. For they have no idea of how to get back. So we have to do it a little at a time. Building on the time out and the area you let them move out in small amounts. Work on the fact that they are slow to remember and slow to forget once remembered.
After a hour of them either looking out or at the door entrance then close the door. When they do come out observe their behavior and allow them to investigate their surroundings. Don’t let them wonder away from their enclosure. Keep them near to the opening. If they can see you a way off they should stay near where they know is safe. Allow the peafowl to free range for no more than a half day and then herd them back into their enclosure. Repeat this process for several days, allowing the peafowl to free range for longer periods of time each day, but keep near the door to where they have been kept while enclosed. I would continue to put the peafowl in the enclosure at night and close the door before dark for so long as they want to go back in. Remember if they keep going back in you must close the door. Or you are inviting predators to try and take the birds of the roosting poles they are sleeping on. Do not allow dogs to chase them during this time. Peafowl and dogs can co exist but don’t let the dogs get in the habit of chasing the peafowl.

I have used this process many times to train peafowl and guinea fowl to stay on my farms.

Thank you for this and I’d appreciate it very much.

I hope this is of help to you.

Kind regards

Martin Caunce

Brow Farm Ltd,
Smithy Lane,
L40 1UH,
Tel: 07976 563230