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Peacocks are omnivores.  They enjoy an occasional lizard with their regular foraging diet of bugs, grubs, worms and grit.  Domesticated peacocks are pampered in the fact that they do not have to work hard for their meals. The household peacock still eats insects and plants and enjoys additions of cat food, bread, berries and warm oatmeal on a cold winter morning .  In the evening before they go to roost in the trees, they often are seen grazing on the green lawn along the way.  I discovered that they also love Roses, and all sorts of flowers.  My vegetable gardens are a thing of the past.....it became too much work trying to keep them out.  They won that battle!
 
 Peafowl are not finicky in what they eat. Peacocks are known to eat strange things that are not good for their digestive systems but can remind a person of a goat. Items like styrofoam pellets and crumpled paper are tempting treats. Man-made non-edible products are not good for peacocks any more than they are for humans. A simple rule to remember when feeding peacocks is if it isn't something that humans or pets eat, it probably isn't a good idea for the peacock to eat. I also heard a story of a peacock that swallowed a marble and died.  They are so very curious and the first thing they do is peck at something new to see if it is edible ......and if it looks good......they'll try to eat it!
 
 I feed mine a mixture of game bird, starter feed, wild bird seed and cat food.  (All can be purchased at your local feed and supply store) They also love sunflower seeds, grass, insects, and many other foods. Since peafowl are members of the pheasant family, their diet should be structured with this in mind rather than feeding them like a person would feed a chicken. Breeders are fed a game bird layer feed during the breeding season. They are fed a game bird maintenance feed during the months prior to and after the breeding season. Dry dog or cat food mixed with these feeds throughout the year provides a source of meat protein and also provides a treat for the birds. (I have read that peacocks can develop problems with their legs if they do not have enough protein.)  Shelled corn is added to the maintenance feed in the winter months as a source of extra calories to improve body heat.
 
Chicks are fed a medicated starter to help prevent coccidiosis and boost their immune system. The starter feed should be kept fresh because these medications lose their effectiveness over time.  Chicks are fed this the first three months and then are switched to a game bird grower feed until they are a year old.  After they are a year old, the birds are fed the maintenance feed until they reach breeding age.  When hand raising my chicks I am sure to include grit (or sand) in with their feed since this aides in the digestive process.  They also get lots of fresh green vegetables such as string beans, spinach, peas, etc.  (put through the food processor) when they can't go out and get the green bird seed sprouts I have growing in their outdoor pen.  I also put bird vitamins in their water as well as an antibiotic for the first 3 months.
 
 
Back door treats.  Frequently I will toss out some goodies to the Peacocks on the back porch.  Now they come up to the door and lightly tap, tap, tap....as if asking me,  "Did you forget us?"