|January 5, getting my tail back for this year's show-off season.
Peacocks will lose all their tail feathers every fall.
They start growing back in December and by breeding season they will be back to
full size. My birds last year had a 6 foot tall by 10 foot wide tail.
Do not put any other birds with them, maybe 1 bantam chick to teach them to eat
and drink but never put them in with several other chicks. Keep them warm and dry,
around 95 degrees the first two to three weeks then drop the temp slow, don't let
them get below 90 for the first few weeks. Always make sure they can get away from
the heat if they need to. Use paper towels for bedding the first couple of weeks, then
you can use pine shavings, not until then or they may eat them and die. Peafowl &
turkey chicks don't like to stand on wire so use a solid floor until they get bigger and
it is easier to keep warm too. Keep them in a shorter brooder with their heat close to
them, they will jump up and hit their heads and kill themselves when scared if their
brooder is to tall. No drafts, make sure it has sides and a some top, heat rises so you
want to be able to trap heat to keep them warm, no less then 90 degrees. Stress and
cold is the biggest killer of chicks under 3 weeks old. Keep them calm and quite, they
should not be fluffed up or making noise, if they are there is a reason. I keep my
chicks inside the house for the first few weeks so I can keep their temp steady. It only
takes one night of them getting chilled to kill them.
Feed game bird starter only (never chick starter) they need around 30% plus protein
for the first few months, when they get bigger you can feed them a high protein layer
pellet and mix in cat food to keep the protein up. When they are a week or two old,
add oyster shells to their feed so their legs stay strong. You need to keep the protein
in the high 20's until they are full grown.
Peafowl need a high protein diet, a lot higher then chickens, off season I feed them a
18 to 20% protein layer pellet, in breeding season I add a 27% meat base dog food
to the layer pellet so they have about a 25% diet.
Treats: Black oil sunflower seeds, scratch grains, fruits, veggies, tomato worms, bugs
Peafowl and turkeys get sinus infections, in peafowl it is called bubble eye, in turkeys
it is called sinus sinus and other names, the best meds for them is BAYTRIL, it is a
cattle injectable drug you get only from the vets. On full size birds use 1cc (figure the
amount you will need on the size of birds you have from that) once a day for 2 to 3
days or 1 day past clear, give by mouth not as a shot.
These birds can get this often when they are under a year old, that is why it is so
important for them to stay out of the cold winds and stay dry when it is cold.
Chicks are not sold until they are at least 3 days old, they will be healthy and ready to
go. There is no chick guarantee on them, to many things can happen. It is important
to go by the instructions, they are easy to raise but if feed the wrong food, get chilled,
put with to many birds or picked on they can die.