We are excited to tell you that our second 2020 project building ‘The Bevy House’ is almost complete with just a few finishing touches to go.
At the Trex Andalucia Sanctuary, we love to share our animal stories and also our journey with you. That’s why we like to write about our completed project works and really show you where your money goes. Check out how our Bevy House project went below.
Originally, to build the Bevy House quickly, we wanted to outsource this work to a local contractor, but things soon changed when we were quoted for the works that amounted to €2600.
Having set a budget of €790 we could not afford to pay the amount that we had been quoted. Through different fundraising events, and also from donations we have raised an amazing €696, with only €94 to go to be able to add the finishing touches!
Although it’s taken slightly longer than we wanted, we’ve managed to buy the materials, and Dave has once again worked his magic and built a Peacocks Paradise.
After re-purposing steel frames from a storage warehouse, Dave was able to weld fencing sheets together to form a cage high enough for the birds to perch. Something that they were missing in their old temporary home.
The peas have now moved in and seem very happy in their new home. As they have been relocated slightly, we will keep them inside for a month, to give them a chance to get used to their new environment.
Once settled in, the Peas will roam freely during the day and then at night be put safely inside their new home to keep them away from predators.
Native to India, peafowl are omnivores, which means they will eat both meat and vegetation! In the wild peafowl will eat fruit, berries, grains, small mammals, reptiles, small snakes, and insects. They also like those pesky ants, millipedes, crickets, termites, centipedes, locusts, and scorpions.
If you don’t already know Alberts story, this is how it goes. Albert is our resident Peacock, he is a noble character and loves his life here at Trex.
I happened to read a cry for help on a Facebook forum, by a lady called Gail who had purchased a villa here in Spain, and there had been birds (assorted chickens, a Peacock & Peahen) and a dog left abandoned by the previous owner that had died.
Apparently, they had been in this situation for a while, and some of the animals had not survived, which was really sad. Gail found someone to take the dog and was happy for us to home the birds that were left.
After being named by one of our donors, Albert, and Victoria, our new Peafowl was integrated with our ducks and goose in a smallholding, where they could be safe and have other birds around them.
Unfortunately, Victoria passed away peacefully under a palm tree after living here around 11 months, with no sign of illness. It had been mentioned they she was known to be around 16 years old.
Albert has now been at Trex Andalucia for over a year and has been adopted by Lynn Freaks. He adds colour and beauty to our tranquil home, but without Victoria, we were worried he would get lonely.
Our friends Zoe and Dave came to the rescue and gave us 2 young peahens to keep Albert company. These two adapted well to their new home, although at first we weren’t too sure as one of them decided twice to fly over the next-door neighbor’s fence! Both times, we managed to get her back!
They have both been given their names Margaret and Cathrine (Maggie and Cathie for short) by Margaret Mathews and her daughter Cathrine whom kindly donated towards them.
For complete transparency, we like to share the costs involved in each project. With just €94.00 left to raise, we will be able to add the finishing touches to the Bevy House.
Secondhand Metal Frames: €100.00
5 x Sheets of Mesh: €118.00
Roofing Sheets: €166.00
Side Panels: €55.00
Cement & Sand: €30.00
Welding Rods: €40.00
Hanging Feeder: €14.00
Blocks: €0.00 (Found around the yard)
Still Needed: Sand, Water Feeder & Trap Door
Total Cost: €676.00
In the next few weeks, our Peafowl will have 4 new additions to their home as we have four Guinea fowl, moving in with them. Sometimes called speckled hens, Guinea fowl are native to Africa and members of the pheasant, partridge, and turkey family. Let’s hope they are all happy in their new digs!
As domestics, guineafowl are valuable pest controllers, eating many insects. They are especially beneficial as they eat ticks and feast on wasp nests! Good for security, they will call with their loud, high shrieking voices if concerned about intruders. They are also highly social birds and look forward to them all rummaging around together.
All in all a happy ending, they will add beauty and please our visitors. If you would like to sponsor us on any future projects or adopt or make a donation to help animals please contact us on our website.