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(and With Such Things Do peacocks Feed Their Young

This is an excerpt from Le Menagier de Paris
(France, 1393 - Janet Hinson, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

(And with such things do peacocks feed their young, for we have all seen a hen hatch the eggs of a peahen along with its own, and brood the eggs for the same length of time, but the baby peacocks do not live long because their beaks are too tender, and the hen does not get them soft things as their nature needs, and the chicks live well on grain or soft paste, which is not proper nourishment for peacocks. Again you have seen those who throw to a hen the very best well-sieved wheat in the world, yet she scratches for worms or bugs..

Item, at the end of April you should go to the woods to find three-forked branches, and fix them against the wall and cover with other greenery, and there they can make their nests.


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