Used to feed everything from peafowl guineas turkeys chickens gamebird feed back when it was affordable and had animal protein. They all did fantastic(except not enough calcium for peahens- gave those a mixture of gamebird and chicken layer- oyster shell never, ever worked for them). Got the same sort of reactions- 'you sure feed your birds REAL good!' etc.
Had to stop when the price became excessive. They;re all priced at 25-26 per bag for gamebird breeder... don;t remember how much grower and starter is- they're higher. I checked the labels on all of these recently- yep all vegan now...
The 17% chicken layer currently floats around close to 20 per bag.
I also figure cat food at 30ish protein both ups the protein slightly plus the bonus of animal protein.
Yep, those are the same prices here at the feed stores. Gosh, two 40 lb bags of Nutrena Meatbird feed cost me $52 the other day. The Starter-Grower runs $20. I haven't priced the Gamebird feed and I only saw a 5 lb bag which I'm sure is astronomically high. I'll look for the 40 or 50 lb bag when I go there next time and report back. But yeah, I can't believe there's no feed containing animal protein - I haven't been able to find any that had it either. I'm certainly no scientist but if you ask me it's an essential ingredient based on the way they go hog wild whenever I bring any type of real meat, bugs, or trapped (dead) mice into the run. They're worse than people from my hometown at the lottery counter when the jackpot is over a million dollars.