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How do you raise a baby peafowl?

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A baby peafowl requires proper nutrition, protection from diseases and pests and clean housing. They have a high mortality rate before 4 months of age and need special care, such as heating, during that stage.

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Keep peachicks in a spacious enclosed area until they are 3 or 4 months old. This helps to protect them from predators and harsh weather. Install a heating system to keep the temperature between 99 and 101 degrees when they are newly hatched. Reduce the heat by 2 degrees per week until they are 8 weeks old.

Peachicks need assistance to feed, place a chicken chick with them to teach them how to peck on the feed. Place the feed in a shallow bowl, and feed them on a high-protein starter feed until they are about 3 months old.

After 3 months of age, start them on an adult bird feed. They are omnivorous and like treats such as vegetables, unsweetened cereals, fruits and so on, but their diet should largely consist of pellets. Providing mineral and vitamin supplements helps to boost their health.

Constantly provide clean drinking water for the peachicks, and since they are susceptible to coccidiosis, adding an antibiotic in their drinking water helps to prevent them getting infected. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when measuring the dose of the antibiotic.

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