Feeding forum: Are my fowl getting the right nutrition?

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ImagePeafowlanjl
Mar 2, 2010 11:09 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Gate (Rochester) WA
I am late shift again today, so have a few minutes before work -- at least today will be normal 8hr shift! lol Glare

I have been feeding my Peafowl the same 'mix' for 3+ years now. They seem to be thriving, but I am just not sure. I use a 2 quart pitcher to measure, so 'recipe' is in quarts......

4 quarts Layer Pellet (game bird pellet is really hard to get consistently)
4 quarts dry C.O.B (Corn, Oats & Barley -- all rolled)
1 quart black oiled Sunflower Seeds
1-2cup?? D.E. (Diatomaceous Earth)

Lettuce (mostly); grapes; melon; etc given when in season / available at a decent price. Never could figure out the correct amount of D.E. to put in their food.

Are my birds missing anything? Or do I really have their needs met with this mix?

Any idea on the amount of D.E. to add? I did research, but still unsure. Confused

Thanks!
Cheryl ~ Pea
Peafowl Haven
ImageSonoita
Mar 2, 2010 11:30 AM CST
Name: Bridgett
Sonoita, Arizona
Zone 8a
What are you using the DE for? It does not kill bugs when it is wet, only when dry.

I give; game bird pellets, kitchen scraps except fatty foods, bread & cat food treats. Oh, of course they are free roaming so they get all the bugs and my garden that they can get to!
Be the person your pet(s) believes you to be.
Imagekenboy
Mar 2, 2010 9:17 PM CST
Name: kenboy
Big Sandy TX zone 8
Most Game bird mixes are to high in Protean for adult birds. They are made for the meat market. If you are raising thousands of Quail for the market it is just fine but for adult peafowl it is hard to digest all that protean. I feed a chicken laying pellet all year long and pitch scratch grain as needed. The birds will eat as much grain as needed to keep themselves warm. Grains are high in carbs. so they will eat less grains in warmer weather. I have not seen any benefit to using DE except for fly control, it does not help much with worms.

Sunflower seed have been proven to make cock birds less fertile, so I would not feed them before breeding season. Considering the cost I would not feed them at all. Cat food is very good for peafowl and the ones with fish is preferred. Peafowl in the wild eat lots of frogs, snakes and lizards and the cat foods help to give them things they do not get in most bird feeds. Again, do not feed much cat food, because it is high in protean.
ImagePeafowlanjl
Mar 3, 2010 2:22 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Gate (Rochester) WA
Thanks Sonoita & Kenboy!

I was feeding the DE to help prevent worms. Was advised that even in the diet it worked? hmmmm will re-think this.

Wow! didn't know that about the sunflower seeds. Explains the lack of hatched eggs the last few years. Set 6, maybe hatch 2. That will save me a lot of money, the cat food would be cheaper! Your scratch grain, is that the same scratch as chickens?

So both of you just use pellet all the time, then add to it? So literally I just buy layer pellet, scratch & cat food and that will be all they really need? Would the cat food be like a treat? Or part of normal feed? Table scraps aren't much of an option. Never enough, so the chickens get them. They do get bugs since they are outside.

Still so much to learn!!
Cheryl ~ Pea
Peafowl Haven
ImageSonoita
Mar 3, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Bridgett
Sonoita, Arizona
Zone 8a
Thanks for the info. on the gamebird feed! I will switch over to the layer crumbles. I feed cat food only as a treat.

Ken, I need to not worm 4 weeks before eggs are laid or longer?
Be the person your pet(s) believes you to be.
Imagekenboy
Mar 3, 2010 8:49 PM CST
Name: kenboy
Big Sandy TX zone 8
corect

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