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HOW DO I RAISE BABY PEAFOWL?
THE PEACHICKS' SECOND FOOD
Once you get your peachicks to eating egg yolk and drinking water on their own you can
introduce 'real' food. You have quite a few options here. Use what ever is available to you in your
area.
Gamebird starter, turkey starter, or chick starter will all work just fine. Everyone has their
favorite, and the jury's still out, on which one is the best. The starter will come in the form of
crumbles. Just sprinkle a little on the egg yolk or cottage cheese and the chicks will quickly learn
that this is good food too. Then you can just feed the crumbles.
At this point, keep giving them the vitamin+electrolyte+water solution. Plus add terramycin
or aureomycin to their water. Peachicks are quite prone to coccidiosis, more commonly known as
'poopy butt', and the antibiotic will help in this regard. You'll need to check the label of your brand
to get the correct dosage. Some brands base the rate in terms of 100 gallons. Who needs THAT?
Just divide the number by 100 and you can mix up one gallon.
BROODING TEMPERATURES
During the first week of their life, keep the brooder temperature between 99 and 101
degrees. Peachicks like it really warm. Then reduce the brooder heat by 2 degrees per week. By 8
weeks they should be on their own. One thing to keep in mind is the fact that peachicks hatch
quite late in the season. It is much warmer outside, than say they were chickens hatching in
January. Especially if you live in a southern state. Depending on where you live, you may be able
to cut the heat during the day and provide heat only at night. On the other hand, if you live in a
northern state, you may have to provide heat for longer than 8 weeks.
You decide. If the chicks are squacking, that means they need something. It's usually food, water
or heat.Check the situation and adjust accordingly.

If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me at any time.



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