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Help! Poults need more protein!!

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I have read that turkey poults need 28% protein, though this MannaPro is only 24%. It is the only game bird feed that I can get around where I live. Should I supplement them and If so, what do you suggest I use? 
*~EDIT~* I just tried to feed egg yolk, both hard boiled and scrambled, they REFUSE to eat it!:barnie 


Edited by Poultator - 4/28/16 at 12:07pm
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I have raised many batches of poults on chick starter, they initially grow slower, which I believe helps avoid leg problems. You are suppose to feed the higher protein for 4 weeks before lowering it, I followed the recommended feeding routine in the past but now use chick starter. I haven't seen any problems from a lower protein diet, they grow slower, but they are still rowdy and loud. So feed what you have and don't get over worried.
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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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Thank goodness! They are all a bit sick so I thought they could use the extra protein. After some extensive scouring of the area,  I did find some ultrakibble for chicks (which is 28%) and some mealworms and grit that they seem to love. :) 

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For added protein I used mealworms, black soldier fly larvae, and hard boiled eggs.  I used a chick feed though, so the protein was even lower than yours.  I'm sure they'll be okay.  I also put apple cider vinegar in my water and cayenne / garlic in my feed.

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Mom to 15 guineas, 5 turkeys, 4 chickens, 4 cats, and 10,000 honeybees +/-
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Thank you, Hyelaw! I just bought 200 medium mealworms from my local pet store, the poor things seem to be afraid of them!  :lol:
I never heard of adding garlic to the feed, but after searching online and reading a couple of good articles, I think that it is a great idea! How much do you add for your poults? Mine are 5 days old as of today.
 

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