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What to feed peachicks?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Chellester, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Chellester

    Chellester Songster

    Jun 22, 2007
    Nor Cal
    Okay, I will admit it up front, I am a bad pea momma! I am hatching peachicks for the first time, and have no idea what feed to start them with.

    I know I will need to feed them gamebird feed eventually, but what to feed them now? Do they need some kind of medicated chick starter?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I feed mine a mix of standard chick starter and ground up cat food for extra protein. I can't get the 28% gamebird starter locally here...

    Also you can use Avia charge in the water. A peafowl breeder friend of mine swears by it.
  3. bdfive

    bdfive Songster 8 Years

    Jul 11, 2010
    South of Blanco, TX
    What is Avia charge and where do I get it? Thanks!

  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Peachicks only need 20% medicated chick starter. The high protien feeds can cause leg problems later.
  5. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane 8 Years

    Jun 10, 2010
    Quote:Some of the chick starters they sell near us don't even make it to 20% sadly. I think the highest medicated chick starter near me only makes it to 18%, so I also mix in a little more protein for them. They sell the non medicated gamebird starter (28%) here, but that's too much AND not medicated... Why can't stores just do it better! lol
  6. bdfive

    bdfive Songster 8 Years

    Jul 11, 2010
    South of Blanco, TX
    I mix the Purina medicated I think is 19% with medicated Honor Show Turkey which is 30% but went today to pick up the Turkey and they were out. Guess I'll have to give them just the chick for a few days until I can find some. My six 75% Java chicks are a hand full. A Spalding hen is raising her 4.....think I'll try to have only mom raised chicks next breeding season. Problem with that is mom doesn't let you near them so they stay on the wild side. Those I raise are sweethearts under foot and let me touch them to a point. They peck at me and jump on my arm. I get so attached.
  7. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Quote:The Purina in the red bag is 20% and is all the protien a peachick needs.

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