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Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by mom2to, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. mom2to

    mom2to Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, today was the day we got our new peachicks. They are one month old. I sat their box on the kitchen table's chair and told the kids not to open the box. My daughter wanted to see them before we put them in their building. I opened the box and the kids looked in then I shut it. I told her in plain English not to open the box while I went to the junk room to get the 2 water feeders (one for poweraid one for water). I get to the water feeders and hear my kids scream. Yes, she opened the box and they flew out.

    She says "I didn't know. I didn't know mommy".

    "That's why I told you not to open the box!" me.

    One was on the vaulted ceiling cabinets, one was on the living room tv, one was on a bar stool, and one was on a couch in the living room. Everytime I got near one they would fly away. We got them outside now.
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    I got Purina game bird chow starter and poultry crumble medicated starter ratio 1:1 (they didn't have med game starter), water, poweraid, and a cucumber for them to eat and drink. They had a little poweraid, a lot of water, some feed and loved the cucumber.

    One question I do have because I have not had chicks before is how to I enter their house with out them flying past me?! Wow can babies fly high and far!
    Thanks
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't need the gamebird, just the chick starter.
     
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I'm not familiar with peafowl, but those are so cute!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    They shouldn't fly past you, but keep the door as close to shut as possible and move slowly. They tend to panic less the slower you move, and when you speak gently the entire time.
     
  5. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Coolly is right game bird food can even kill or cripple them.
     
  6. mom2to

    mom2to Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:HELP!!!maybe I misunderstood but I thought that they had to have the higher protein that is game bird? this is what I was trying to do as described below by KedreevaGolden. Did I do something wrong?

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=388465
    Peafowl 101: Basic care, genetics, and answers. KedreevaGolden Feather Member
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    Peachicks should be fed medicated game starter (if you can find it) or medicated chick starter mixed with gamebird starter. Make sure to get the starter with amprolium for the prevention of Cocci and I believe Purina offers starter with AND without and both are considered medicated due to the medication included for other problems. Starter should have 20-24% protein, which is higher than chickens (For example, my chick starter has 18% protein, my game bird starter has 24%... I mix the two which should land them somewhere in the middle). Substituting their starter with other foods can be harmful. They do not need grit if they are only eating the correct starters. If you feed them nearly anything else (which you shouldnÂ’t do for a couple weeks at least) then they will probably need some grit sprinkled on their crumbles. Cleaned/baked sand works well for this
     
  7. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Game bird STARTER is different than game bird FOOD- the game bird starter is perfectly safe for them to eat (they are game birds after all), and the medicated chick food is mixed in just for the amprolium. The others are not wrong either, the peachicks would be ok on just the chicken chick starter as well. I think the others are concerned you got confused and gave them the adult game bird food (which typically has scratch grain in it) or too high of a protein level (some can have 28-35%, which is too high for chicks). I assumed since you said starter, you have game bird starter and it won't be an issue. Deep breath! [​IMG]
     
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  8. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats, What breed are they? they seem like black-shouldered.

    I feed mine Turkey mix. Ive had a hard time buying cat food for mine so I throw in some frogs, Beatles and any other thing i can to spice up their diet.
     
  9. mom2to

    mom2to Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:yes, they are black shoulder. i let mine have poweraid and now 2 of the 4's beaks is stained bright red. it's funny watching them. you can tell who likes water and who likes poweraid. today is the first time they would come close to me (we have had them for 3 days). they got about two feet from me and tried to walk around my back but would have had to come much closer to do so. they decided to backtrack and went back the way they came.

    i am thinking of calling the breeder back and getting 2 whites. what color would the chicks be if a white and a black shoulder mated?
     
  10. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Quote:Assuming they are not split to anything and the whites are from an india blue background, the chicks would be india blue split white/BS. They would look like india blue chicks with white primaries.
     

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