A peacock is a stunning bird, which for many of us today represents some exoticism and is associated with wealth.
Just a few decades ago, these birds could be seen only in the courts of nobility, kings, nobles, in reserves and reserves. The bird itself comes from India and in this country is sacred, a symbol of the Sun and an embodiment of the god Krishna. Indian species is the most common in the world and it can be seen in many private households in our country.
If you are a lover of these beauties and dream that at least a couple of such birds decorate your yard, then you should learn about their diet. Although the peacock is the closest relative of the rooster, the care requires a little different. Although it is not royal.
Feeding peacocks at home
In principle, it is not difficult to feed the birds of paradise at home. As a rule, all the feeds that every poultry keeper has are suitable for them. They are given different grains, roots, vegetables, and cake. For example, the average daily dose of adult food may consist of:
- 50 grams of crushed corn;
- 40 grams of oats or barley;
- 50 grams of lucerne flour;
- 90-100 grams of grain waste;
- 10 grams of sunflower cake;
- 50 grams of root crops and vegetables.
If the bird is given a clean grain, it is advisable to mix it with chalk or ground salt. Thus, the need for mineral supplements is eliminated by itself. Like much other poultry, peacocks should receive enough gravel. It is good to put fine coal or charcoal ash in the trough.
If you have constant waste from the table, such as bread and porridge, you can also feed the birds. But not more than once a day. Peacocks, like domestic chickens, find food from the ground very well. During their walks, they eat various insects, larvae, earthworms, and footsteps. If peacocks live in a closed enclosure, they need to collect fresh herbs themselves regularly, such as nettles, dandelion, or yarrow. You should also remember that the diet of peacocks is different in different periods of their lives.
Feeding peacocks in nature
In nature, peacocks eat both plant and animal food. The first category includes various berries, tender young shoots of plants, seeds, grains. Do not mind the bird to eat and juicy fruits. That is why they often settle near gardens or farm fields. It is very important to note that peacocks in nature are useful and play a special role in humans. For example, they eat small pests and larvae, and sometimes their prey is small snakes and even rodents.
The diet of feeding peacocks
Feeding a peacock is a rather responsible business. The breeder should make up a diet that corresponds to the diet of the poultry in natural conditions. As in nature, in households, they should receive enough vitamins. It is also important to remember that these birds are extremely fastidious to change the menu.
In some cases, with a sharp change, they refuse to eat at all. This should be remembered especially in those cases when the usual diet changes due to a certain period of time. For example, in the period of oviposition or breeding. In spring, when peacocks begin the period of preparation for laying eggs, feed should be slightly increased and diversified. For example, at this time, you can give in addition to the basic diet:
- 50 grams of herbal flour;
- 70 grams of juicy fodder;
- 200 grams of dry protein supplements;
- 100 grams of boiled potatoes.
During the breeding period, you should add more protein fodder to the peacock menu. This can be cottage cheese, other dairy products, and waste from the table. It is also important to increase the consumption of greenery. Do not forget that birds of paradise are particularly sensitive to dirty and spoiled food, do not allow eating poor quality grain or other spoiled products. Small chicks are especially vulnerable to this. In the first days of life, they, like chickens, are fed with boiled eggs.