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I am new to raising poultry.  I have had problems with nutrition with my birds.  I have been researching and starting to use different feed and mixing for my needs.  I feed a commercial feed (starter-grower) and I have been getting curled or rounded wings on my young turkeys.  I have been trying to go more organic.  During the winter and early spring I add a combination of rabbit pellets ( approximately 1 cup to 3 cups of starter-grower) and sunflower seeds without the shell ( approximately 2 cups sun flower to 3 cups starter-grower feed).  I am still getting the curled feathers.  Does this mean I am giving to much protein or still not enough?  I am thinking  it could be mineral related but not sure.  Does anyone have suggestions of what is going on with my turkeys or please tell me what you did to cure the problem with your turkeys. Look forward to hear from everyone. 

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Hi!! Welcome to BYC!

21 chickens. 3 horses. 2 dogs. 1 cat.

I love to jump horses and kick up dirt 'round the cans!

Please read about my chick Owlet in her blog!

I love caring for special needs chickens and am considering starting a Special Needs Chicken Rescue.

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21 chickens. 3 horses. 2 dogs. 1 cat.

I love to jump horses and kick up dirt 'round the cans!

Please read about my chick Owlet in her blog!

I love caring for special needs chickens and am considering starting a Special Needs Chicken Rescue.

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Please post in detail - photos would be great  at the "Turkey thread,"   .  I don't know turkeys but, wonder if this is an inherited problem.

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Thank you for welcoming to the forum. 

 

I am somewhat illiterate with technology.  I am no sure if I can get a picture on line.  I was wondering as well if this is a heredity problem.  Not all my birds get the strange wing feathers.  Talking to my local veterinarian he says it is due to nutrition, did not have any suggestions on how to fix the problem. 

 

My chickens do very well on their feed but my turkeys are having issues. 

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I think it sounds more like things are completely out of balance with every thing you are adding. I would put everything to the side and give them a high protein (28 range) game bird/turkry grower. I know ranch way makes such a product
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Percheron Chicken,

 

Thank you  for responding to my message.  I am doing either Ranch way or Ag Land starter grower.  My birds were not doing well on the feed.  They were thin and have the curled wing feathers.  I started adding more protein because my local vet. said the curled feathers was the lack of nutrition.  He had no suggestions on what to use or do.  I have through about genetics but I get my birds from different areas and places.  I am just not sure where to go with this issue. 

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Are you feeding chick or turkey grower? Are you on well water?
Lack of nutrition isn't just protein. Rabbit food is mostly alfalfa pellets and only 18% much lower than they need and the SF are high in fat and not great vitamin/mineral profiles. I would run numbers on what you are feeding and the holes should be pretty obvious.

Amazing you have found a vet that does poultry.
Edited by Percheron chick - 4/2/16 at 8:21pm
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The other part is the damage is done and you will not see improved feathers until they molt.
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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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