peqacock too lean for winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by janl, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. janl

    janl New Egg

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    I just had a peacock die, seemingly without symptoms. The person doing the necropsy said he was too lean and that this may have caused his death at the end of this cold winter. I know he had access to plenty of food and I alternate various chicken layer brands which are basically the same; all supposed to be complete feed. My question is this: should I supplement basic layer feed to increase the bird's fat on their bodies?..if so,.... what?....scratch, maybe? I have had a flock of chickens, guineas and peas for about 5 years now and this is the first sudden death I have had, but I certainly don't want them to be too lean to be warm through a Michigan winter. All in all we've not had a terrible winter in terms of low periods of low temps this year.

    thanks...jan
     
  2. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Meat Bird feed made by Nutrena. It has more protein than layer. Scratch grain would not fatten them up.

    Try using dog or cat food.. I feed my turkeys, peacocks a 27% protein dog food as well as meatbird and some cracked corn mixed in.

    I give a handful of dog food to my ducks and geese also along with cracked corn and duck pellets.
     
  3. janl

    janl New Egg

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    thanks for the advice.....sounds good...
     
  4. rearrolled

    rearrolled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nothing to do with what use r talking about but these r my friends now whit peacocks

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    and these r myn

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