Bird of Paradise Diet

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Because of the special beauty of these large birds from the subfamily, pheasant birds are called nothing but heavenly ones. Yes, yes, we are talking about peacocks, about these proud and such beautiful birds! This species of birds was domesticated three thousand years ago and has since been decorated with human life. They are bred and kept solely for the sake of beauty. By the way, when breeding the diet plays a very important role. What peacocks eat, let's find out together.

What do royal birds eat?

A peacock is a very beautiful decorative bird, which for many of us today represents a certain exoticism and is associated with wealth. A few decades ago, these birds could be seen only in the courtyards of nobility, kings, nobles, in reserves and sanctuaries. The bird itself hails from India and in this country is sacred, a symbol of the Sun and the personification of the god Krishna. The Indian species is the most common in the world and it can be seen in many private homesteads of our country.

If you are among the lovers of these beauties and dream that at least a couple of such birds adorn your compound, then you should learn about the diet of their food. Although the peacock is the closest relative of the rooster, it requires little more care. Although not royal.

At home

In principle, at home it is easy to feed the bird of paradise. As a rule, they are suitable for all the feed that each poultry farmer has. They are given and various grains, and roots, and vegetables, and cake. For example, the average daily dose of an adult feed may consist of:

  • 50 grams of crushed corn;
  • 40 grams of oats or barley;
  • 50 grams of alfalfa flour;
  • 90-100 grams of grain waste;
  • 10 grams of sunflower cake;
  • 50 grams of root vegetables and vegetables.

If a bird is given pure grain, then it is advised by experts to mix it with chalk or ground salt. Thus, the need for mineral dressing disappears by itself. Like many other poultry, peacocks should get enough gravel. It is good to pour fine coal or wood ash into the feeder.

If you have permanent waste from the table, such as bread and cereals, you can also feed them to the bird. But no more than once a day. Peacocks, like domestic chickens, perfectly find their food from the ground. During their walks they eat various insects, larvae, earthworms and greens. If peacocks live in a closed enclosure, they need to regularly collect fresh greens on their own, such as nettles, dandelion or yarrow. It should also be remembered that the diet of peacocks is different in different periods of their life.

In natural habitat

In nature, peacocks eat both plant and animal food. The first category includes various berries, tender young shoots of plants, seeds, grains. Do not mind the birds eat and juicy fruit. That is why they often settle near gardens or farm fields. It is very important to note that peacocks in nature are useful and play a special role for humans. For example, they eat small harmful insects and larvae, and sometimes small snakes and even rodents become their prey.

Feeding of peacocks

Feeding pava is a rather important matter. The breeder should make such a diet that it corresponds to the nutrition of the bird in natural conditions. As in nature, in households they should receive an adequate amount of vitamins. It is also important to remember that these birds are extremely whimsical to change the menu.

In some cases, with a dramatic change, they generally refuse to feed. This should be remembered especially in those cases if the usual diet changes due to a certain period of time. For example, during the laying or breeding season. In spring, when the peacocks begin the period of preparation for laying eggs, feeding should be slightly increased and diversified. For example, at this time you can give in addition to the basic diet:

  • 50 grams of herbal flour;
  • 70 grams of succulent feed;
  • 200 grams of dry protein supplements;
  • 100 grams of boiled potatoes.

During the breeding season, add more protein feeds to the peacocks menu. This may be cottage cheese, other dairy products and waste from the table. It is also important to increase the consumption of greens. Do not forget that birds of paradise are especially sensitive to dirty and spoiled feeds, do not allow them to eat poor-quality grain or other spoiled products. Small chicks are particularly vulnerable. In the first days of their life, like chickens, they are fed boiled eggs.

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