Thru trial and error you can always teach a dog new tricks,no matter the age.My main focus the past several weeks is deciding my breeding pens for next year,(and the dreaded expansion of Pea palace) as well as a new diet for the entire breeding group.None of my peas are allowed to free range.I breed for specific "known" genetics in my 12 groups and since my birds are 100% dependant on me,and my abilities to sustain them,maintain them,and prepare them for winter,as well as breeding season it is only good poultry husbandry to take the time,do the research,ask the questions,and get the answers. Many probably buy bagged "crumbles" or a balanced ration from a local farm store.Some have the oppurtunity to work with your local feed supplier,and develope a ration specific to your individual purpose.I have the luxury of consulting with a nutritionalist,as well as having my local co-op custom order specific ingredients,and then grind and mix those to my instructions. Peafowl are unique in several aspects,but similar to some other forms of birds we keep. Similar to chickens that they lay eggs,similar to pheasants in the fact Peafowl can maintain flight over somewhat of a distance.But their breeding season is short,similar to ornamental pheasants.Peacocks drops their trains later in the summer,where my ornamental pheasants lose theirs at least 1,if not 2 months before the Peacocks. Believe it or not,during train growing in mature Peacocks, puts demands on their diet much diffrent than breeding season.And during this time,your peahens are in a maintain type of mode.Diffrent months,diffrent sexes,requires or should have diffrent diets specific to what phase the bird is going thru. I'm sure many of you that buys prebagged feed with a specific analysis knows corn is the main ingredient.But did you know,corn is one of the lowest protein,vitamin and mineral quantities of ingredients used for feed? Yellow corn has NO B-2,,very little Niacin and Calcium,and Iron. It's basically a low cost "filler" in my opinion. In no way am I an animal nutritionalist. But if it's my duty to care and maintain for my peas entire welfare I need to seek out the best options possible.I know nutrition plays a very significant role in having excellent hatchrates.There are key ingredients specific to a balanced palatable diet that has high digestability. Corn prices are expected to fall to under $4 a bushel in 2014 which makes it a low cost foodstuff. But does low cost make it appropriate to use? Internet shopping and looking at what other breeders are now charging for adult breeding aged peas tells me at this point cheep feed should not be an option,and improved hatchrates now,more than ever is the top objective going into 2014 breeding season. Has anyone else here researched feed rations? Have you implemented them?