Raising Peafowl in a Northern Climate – February/March 2019 Photo Essay

Raising Peafowl in a Northern Climate – February/March 2019 Photo Essay
Add to Favorites By Larry FiskeChapel View Farm and Stable, West Bend, WisconsinPhotos by Alex DeFleron and Reinhold Bauer For many years after, I only raised traditional blue and white peafowl, and they did extremely well. They layed many eggs and brought their babies onto the lawn for all to see. These “common colors” felt safe because they didn’t need special treatment as I had heard the green peafowl required. I knew my limitations and kept the idea on the back burner.  After 35 years, my desire to raise the green variety became a reality. We collected breeding stock from all over the country and work toward producing green peafowl with the pure-bred phenotype but with resilience and hardiness of their blue and white cousins. Wisconsin has weeks of sub-freezing temperatures, and snow and ice are not conducive to birds that like tropical temperatures. I wanted the look, but not necessarily the pedigree.  

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