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I am getting a pair of royal palms and I wanted to know if when I put them in the chicken coop can they just eat the laying pellets and scratch or do I need to buy special turkey food and if so can I just mix it in with the chicken food?
post #2 of 9
How old are they? What other birds will they be housed with? I prefer using Gamebird feed 26% or higher protein but that is not necessary. Have you checked your local feed stores to see what they sell first and then you can make a better decision on what to buy? Every area will sell different types of feed. I do not feed lay pellets anymore because I wasn't impressed or satisfied with the outcome as far as egg laying and the health of my birds. I'm not a fan of lay pellets anymore.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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I don't know the exact age but they are young birds. They will be in with my chickens. And I haven't looked at the prices at the feed store but I'd rather save 20 bucks and feed them what I feed my chickens than spend 20 for turkey feed.
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Kuntrygirl, I feed all flock layer pellets, I am guessing by your post above that they have caused low egg production in your turkeys. How many eggs should I be seeing in a week from my girls. I will switch to game bird if it makes that much difference

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post #5 of 9

I feed my 5 wild turkey's a 16% turkey feed mixed in with my own wheat. I also give them lots of fresh vegetables and they love it! I've had them over a yea now and they seem to be very happy and healthy.

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Originally Posted by r4eboxer View Post

Kuntrygirl, I feed all flock layer pellets, I am guessing by your post above that they have caused low egg production in your turkeys. How many eggs should I be seeing in a week from my girls. I will switch to game bird if it makes that much difference

My turkey hens each laid on average last year 28 eggs per hen per month on the same feed as Kuntrygirl uses, that and free ranging!wink.png

post #7 of 9

I leave a feeder of oats out and one of pellets.

They eat a little more oats then pellets.

They love whole kernel corn as scratch.

They don't like the whole kernel wheat.

They love chick weed.

They love the leaves from broccoli,cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bean plant leaves, sunflower heads.

They eat a little bit of fresh alfalfa.

In the fall the dogwood trees here acorn up and they have these red kennels on the outside of the acorn about the size of pomegranate seeds.

The birds fight over them.

Once they get their full feathers in then try feeding them what ever you have around your area.

After all the biggest cost of keeping big birds is the feed.

The more free range and local vegetation the less bags of feed you have to buy.

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Originally Posted by retlaw View Post

I leave a feeder of oats out and one of pellets.

They eat a little more oats then pellets.

They love whole kernel corn as scratch.

They don't like the whole kernel wheat.

They love chick weed.

They love the leaves from broccoli,cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bean plant leaves, sunflower heads.

They eat a little bit of fresh alfalfa.

In the fall the dogwood trees here acorn up and they have these red kennels on the outside of the acorn about the size of pomegranate seeds.

The birds fight over them.

Once they get their full feathers in then try feeding them what ever you have around your area.

After all the biggest cost of keeping big birds is the feed.

The more free range and local vegetation the less bags of feed you have to buy.

Great advise! I agree, the more they can forage on, the less feed they will consume and the healthier they will be, but their main source of protein will be the bugs and grasshoppers they eat, not the grains. You can feed turkeys any type feed, that are good for chickens, as long as they can make up the protein levels with meat(bugs)!

post #9 of 9
Can i feed my broilers turkey feed? I like the turkey feed because it has a higher protein but havent tried it.
( these wont be free-ranged)
Edited by Evangelina - 4/30/13 at 7:01pm
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