Nutrients, in the body of pheasants, are expended with varying intensity: depending on the season, the state of health and the content. The feed mixture must be carefully balanced, because, with a lack of certain substances, the absorption of others deteriorates. When drawing up the right diet, you need to consider the basic requirements. It must satisfy the needs of the bird in nutrients and minerals and vitamins. The climatic conditions and taste preferences of the bird are also taken into account. Only in this case, the food will be eaten with pleasure, and will not create problems in the digestive and excretory systems.
The volume of feed is calculated taking into account the capacity of the digestive organs, since the overabundance, and the lack of food, affects equally unfavorably on their activities. It is not necessary to discount the fact that feed is the largest expense item for pheasant content, so it is better to choose a diet from affordable fodder, paying attention to their quality. When aviary content of poultry, feed is represented by wet bunches, which consist of their kitchen waste, mixed fodder, grain and beans. Animal feeds are represented by cottage cheese, minced meat of their insects and larvae, crushed vegetables and herbs.
In the period of rest, which lasts from the beginning of the independence of young animals to the end of winter, food is consumed by the bird in a smaller quantity than during breeding. From the end of January, the feed rate increases and the diet changes. The proportion of grain is replaced by oil cake and bone meal. It is good to add boiled carrots and potatoes, and also to increase the amount of calcium. Feeding pheasants in autumn and winter consists of corn, wheat, sunflower meal, bone and fish meal and yeast.
In the warm season, approximately, from April, depending on the weather, pheasants prefer to feed the same forages, only in large quantities and with the daily addition of sunflower oil. Sprouted grain and greens are required regardless of the season. With aviary content, part of the poultry feed can be extracted independently, naturally. It can be, accidentally trapped insects, herbaceous vegetation. Often, around the feeder, seeds are planted, dropped by a bird. Therefore, the daily rate should always be monitored and reviewed if necessary. Reduce the amount of food should be when the pheasants choose their favorite food, and the rest remains in the trough.