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Looking to increase gains....thoughts?

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Hey guys,

 

This is my first year raising BBW turkeys for the thanksgiving market. Starting small...I started with 30 and am down to 25. I am finding that my feed is lacking in vitamins and minerals, even though the feed guy said they don't live long enough for it to matter...not true! having leg issues with a few of them and need to fix it!

 

They are currently eating 24% protein of corn and soybean meal. They also get some fruits/veggies a couple times a week. They get electrolytes in the water once a week. This week, I added some all flock - 18% protein - to their diet to help with getting some vitamins/minerals. I think it is helping a little, they seem perkier! But, this also means I am decreasing the protein intake down to 21%.

 

They are 12 weeks old...and we have a butchering date at 20 weeks. I feel like they are already a little small, and I want to give them an extra boost to gain some more before then! Should I:

 

-- get some poultry concentrate from the feed mill and mix it in with that I have?

 

--just keep doing what I am doing?

 

any other suggestions? I see valley vet has products such as Oxy-Gen Fines that are supposed to help with gains. Any one ever tried this, or another product that gives them a boost? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

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I know I have seen premade rations for feeding to meat birds, I personally would have started them on a game bird ration for four weeks than switched to a meat bird ration, adding some corn and sunflower seeds towards the end to get a bit of fat.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Actually i did start them on 28% gamebird feed that was medicated. Prob for the 1st 8 weeks. Then i switched over to the local feed mill feed.
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