How much feed for two peafowl?

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  1. BattelSyrup

    BattelSyrup Out Of The Brooder

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    We have two peafowl, a male and female, about 9 months old. I have studied what to feed them. But how much do we feed them?

    We do feed them free choice (all they can eat), but there is a lot of waste. My very responsible kids do most of the feeding, so I'm not always out there right away to monitor how much is left from one feeding to figure out how much to feed the next. What can I give my kids as a guideline about how much to feed (maybe in pounds or cups)?

    Has anyone calculated how much your peafowl eat, like how long it takes to eat a 50-pound bag so I can do the math?
     
  2. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At present I'm feeding 46 breeding aged birds.24 lbs a day.I'm also feeding 32 2012 hatched young peas 8 pounds daily. Older birds consume slightly over 8oz each per day. Young birds are right at 4oz per bird daily.These are weights,not volumns of dry feed. They are all on 18% layer crumbles now.
    In March my ration changes to achieve a much higher protein level in my breeding birds.This year I'm going to try a very steady ration of no less than 26% crude protein.I found last year in one particular color of peas I had,that by using them as guinea pigs by increasing to this protein level cut my quitter eggs down from 78% to 18% . I had a spell of 3 weeks where my hatchrate was hard pressed of over 20% yet 92% of the eggs incubated during this period was indeed fetile and did develope and live up until around the last 4-6 days.And I'm not going to attain this high of a protein level using soybean meal either.
     
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  3. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, I'll bite. What are you going to use to up the protein?
     
  4. BattelSyrup

    BattelSyrup Out Of The Brooder

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    Perfect! This helps, and I'll save your other tips for a year or two when they're ready for breeding. My daughter is already itching to use her incubator then!
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I'd also like to know. Perhaps some sort of meat based dot/cat food?
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I use scrambled eggs , they are the perfect food and i get about 6 dozen a day from my chicken hens [​IMG] My peas also like to eat the cats food when there is any left over.
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I also give mine eggs. Since I'm always looking to learn, I did a quick search and the first link I found said the protein content of an egg is 18%. I'm dying to know what FBC is going to be feeding!

    Edited to say: I think I read that wrong, not sure what it is.
     
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  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    The incredible edible egg ..

    Egg Nutrient Chart


    Nutrient Content of a Large Egg


    Nutrient (unit)
    Whole Egg
    Egg White
    Egg Yolk
    Calories (kcal)
    72​
    17​
    55​
    Protein (g)
    6.3​
    3.6​
    2.7​
    Carbohydrate (g)
    0.36​
    0.24​
    0.61​
    Total fat (g)
    4.8​
    0.06​
    4.5​
    Monounsaturated fat (g)
    1.8​
    0​
    2​
    Polyunsaturated fat (g)
    1​
    0​
    0.72​
    Saturated fat (g)
    1.6​
    0​
    1.6​
    Trans fat (g)
    0.02​
    0​
    0.02​
    Cholesterol (mg)
    186​
    0​
    184​
    Choline (mg)
    126​
    0.4​
    116​
    Riboflavin (mg)
    0.2​
    0.15​
    0.09​
    Vitamin B12 (mcg)
    0.45​
    0.03​
    0.33​
    Folate (mcg)
    24​
    1​
    25​
    Vitamin D (IU)
    41​
    0​
    37​
    Vitamin A (IU)
    270​
    0​
    245​
    Vitamin B 6 (mg)
    0.09​
    0​
    0.06​
    Thiamin (mg)
    0.02​
    0​
    0.03​
    Vitamin E (mg)
    0.5​
    0​
    0.44​
    Selenium (mcg)
    15.4​
    6.6​
    9.5​
    Phosphorous (mg)
    99​
    5​
    66​
    Iron (mg)
    0.88​
    0.03​
    0.46​
    Zinc (mg)
    0.65​
    0.01​
    0.39​
    Calcium (mg)
    28​
    2​
    22​
    Sodium (mg)
    71​
    55​
    8​
    Potassium (mg)
    69​
    54​
    19​
    Magnesium (mg)
    6​
    4​
    1
    Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 2010. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page: http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata
    Discrepencies between nutrient levels in the white+yolk vs. the whole egg are due to sampling error.

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  10. casportpony

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