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Hello,

I'm new to the forum, chickens and turkeys and I must say first how thankful I am to have come across this wonderful, informative site ya  After discovering many, many ticks while putting in a garden this spring we decided to get some chickens; after a trip to the feed store we found ourselves with 4 bantams - and that was just the start jumpy  We now have 19 more standard and bantams on the way plus one turkey.  My question is can he eat the same starter scratch as the baby chicks (they are eating a medicated start and grow by Purina)?

Thanks!

- Curtismom


Edited by curtismom - 5/4/10 at 8:19am
- Curtismom
Family: a wonderful husband, and 4 great sons, and 1 terrific daughter that we homeschool
Pets: 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Mille Fleur Bantam, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Leghorn, 2 Barred Rock,  2 Buff Orpington, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Partridge Rock, 2 Golden Campine, 4 Dominique, 2 Bantam Roos, and 1 BBB Turkey.
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- Curtismom
Family: a wonderful husband, and 4 great sons, and 1 terrific daughter that we homeschool
Pets: 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Mille Fleur Bantam, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Leghorn, 2 Barred Rock,  2 Buff Orpington, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Partridge Rock, 2 Golden Campine, 4 Dominique, 2 Bantam Roos, and 1 BBB Turkey.
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post #2 of 22

Yes, the turkey can eat the same as the chicks. The chicks should actually help the turkey learn to eat and drink as turkey can be rather dense. I use Purina Flock Raiser on my turkeys (and chicks) instead of medicated. Turkey are drawn to green, so it would also enjoy tiny pieces of grass as it grows, and they need a good boost of protein, so you might offer it boiled egg occasionally. I raised 3 turkey with 8 chicks last spring, and they all did well together.

Seeking blessings found in the old ways.

Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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Seeking blessings found in the old ways.

Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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Thanks for the reply! 

How often, and when should I begin to supplement the turkeys diet with the boiled egg?

- Curtismom
Family: a wonderful husband, and 4 great sons, and 1 terrific daughter that we homeschool
Pets: 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Mille Fleur Bantam, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Leghorn, 2 Barred Rock,  2 Buff Orpington, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Partridge Rock, 2 Golden Campine, 4 Dominique, 2 Bantam Roos, and 1 BBB Turkey.
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- Curtismom
Family: a wonderful husband, and 4 great sons, and 1 terrific daughter that we homeschool
Pets: 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Mille Fleur Bantam, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Leghorn, 2 Barred Rock,  2 Buff Orpington, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Partridge Rock, 2 Golden Campine, 4 Dominique, 2 Bantam Roos, and 1 BBB Turkey.
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Originally Posted by curtismom 

Thanks for the reply! 

How often, and when should I begin to supplement the turkeys diet with the boiled egg?


I think I was doing that by their second week. This year I've been selling the poults and haven't had any get any older than a week before they are gone.

Seeking blessings found in the old ways.

Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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Seeking blessings found in the old ways.

Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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post #5 of 22

yes you can feed chick starter but its better to feed high protein wild game bird starter  if you want them to have a real good start I use manna pro gamebird show bird  feed its 24% protein


Edited by medan - 5/4/10 at 6:38pm
chickens and  bourbon red turkeys  about 30 chickens and 20 soon to be 30 bourbon reds
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chickens and  bourbon red turkeys  about 30 chickens and 20 soon to be 30 bourbon reds
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post #6 of 22

Highest protein medicated gamebird or turkey starter you can find.

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Yelp..yelp..yelp...purrrrrrrrrrrr...cutt..cutt....strut..strut....gobble gobble gobble !!!

3  Royal Palms.......2 Bourbon Reds......... 7 standard bronze.........1 psycho guinea.........10 mallards......7 Rouens.... and ducks laying like mad .

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post #8 of 22

I was sick when my husband got our turkey starter and he came home with 24% protein starter.  So we've been feeding them boiled eggs almost from the beginning.  At first I would peel the eggs but now that they are a couple of weeks old and have had some grit added to their feed I just grind up shells and all and feed it to them the same way I do for the adult turks when I give them a treat.  I wouldn't feed your baby poults any greens or grass until they get some grit in their crops, but that's just me.

Lor-Greg's main chick, Mom to eight kids, 3 dogs, no one knows how many cats, two Jersey cows, four dairy goats, Giant Cochins, Bourbon Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, and now Standard Bronze Turkeys.
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Lor-Greg's main chick, Mom to eight kids, 3 dogs, no one knows how many cats, two Jersey cows, four dairy goats, Giant Cochins, Bourbon Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, and now Standard Bronze Turkeys.
"Nothing worse than a monster who thinks he's right with God."-Capt. Mal
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post #9 of 22

We start them out with Nature wise 30% turkey starter. Same thing we feed our Quail so it's really convenient.

My dreams is to never have to go to the grocery store again but to raise, grow, and make my own food. Well, maybe for bananas.

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My dreams is to never have to go to the grocery store again but to raise, grow, and make my own food. Well, maybe for bananas.

Follow our chickens on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lilsisfarm.
Or read our blog at www.mylittlesistersfarm.blogspot.com
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post #10 of 22
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Thank you all for the responses!

We are going to keep our turkey as a pet - do I still want him to receive so much protein?

- Curtismom
Family: a wonderful husband, and 4 great sons, and 1 terrific daughter that we homeschool
Pets: 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Mille Fleur Bantam, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Leghorn, 2 Barred Rock,  2 Buff Orpington, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Partridge Rock, 2 Golden Campine, 4 Dominique, 2 Bantam Roos, and 1 BBB Turkey.
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- Curtismom
Family: a wonderful husband, and 4 great sons, and 1 terrific daughter that we homeschool
Pets: 5 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Mille Fleur Bantam, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Leghorn, 2 Barred Rock,  2 Buff Orpington, 2 Ameraucana, 2 Partridge Rock, 2 Golden Campine, 4 Dominique, 2 Bantam Roos, and 1 BBB Turkey.
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