Originally Posted by Beer can
Hmm, never had any problems, never had bumble foot. But back to the drawing board. Great there is so many here with experience, I've heard so much conflicting info.
My sussex and giants were started on 24%, and then 20, but after the hawk attack and being put with the older laying flock they were on 16% for quite some time. When I culled all non-breeders and segregated the sussex and giants out I noticed the culls were not no where near as heavy as the cockerels of other breeds I processed last yr, so I put them back on 20%.
I wasn't concerned about the giants weight the frame size is there, they are huge but don't put on meat until later.
I've been told giants need more protein, and I've been told the opposite. I know large breed dogs are not supposed to be feed high protein, but chickens are not dogs?
I had excellent growth and no problems supplementing RIR, Wellies, Cochins, etc. cockerels last yr with extra protein, cottage cheese, condensed whey, ground fish. They did free range all day.
Comparing them to the sussex this yr on butcher weight I was actually wrong, I had put them as four weeks older than they were, the wife corrected me, wrote down June, it was July oops, (had to double check the date I took pics of the chicks cause I didn't believe her Lol)
guess their growth was better than I thought, they are much meatier now...Lol