When you give scratch it lowers the protein content in the feed when consumed by the chickens. You are giving grit to right..?
We are using the finisher now but were feeding a mixture of a couple coolwhip bowls of scratch mixed with 27% protein feed mixed into 100 lbs of 20% and a couple coolwhip bowls of grit.
We have been feeding them that since they were probably 4 weeks old when there was some pecking at the base of a tail of 1 chick. It fixed that with the scratch giving them some fiber and lowering the high protein content of what was 1 50 lb bag of 28 % which is what we were feeding the egg layers. It was (Turkey chick feed) and the hatchery said it was ok to feed it. (shrug) so that is what our meat chicks (Freedom Rangers) got until the picking started and we mixed in the scratch and lowered the protein by combining it with 20%.
Last week we started them on a 18% - 21% finisher. I need to pull out the 2 Freedom Rangers I plan to keep and put them in with the Egg Layers and
(what should I be feeding the layers until they are 18 weeks and get the layer feed?) What protein and what mixture of grit / scratch and feed if any??
Thanks so much and God Bless you always LilRalphieRoosmama!!
P.S. We will keep doing Freedom Rangers we'll just have to keep in touch with Barbara and any and all of you who will go into the Breeder Program. My husband and I can't wait to taste the fresh Freedom Ranger chicken!!
I have 13 golden FR's that will be processed in two weeks and was going to order more too. Very very sad. Ann, thanks for the email ~
I've had them on 28% gamebird feed since day 1. My feed store carries lower protein layer feed but suggested the 28%. With only two weeks to go, my birds don't seem to be all that meaty - talk about skinny chicken legs LOL. Is this because of something I'm doing wrong?? Do I have them on the wrong feed? I just started giving them scratch as a treat too. I need to get them bulked up!