Gevshiba...your moma hens look content!
A century of Turkey talk 2000-2100. - Page 744
TY,, I had a senior moment brain fart and the term "broad breasted: failed to enter my gray mush.
The problem with starting poults on a low protein feed is that you can't see the problems it causes. Keets and poults need the high protein (28% or higher) for the proper development of their internal organs. Shorting them on the protein they need will lead to shorter life spans and also prevents them from ever reaching their full potential.
I start everything based on the highest protein required by whatever is in there. If there are keets and turkeys, everybody gets the high protein including the chicks. If there are only chicks, that is the only time that I feed chick starter and it is still a 20% protein feed.
Adult chickens, guineas and turkeys do not need more than a good quality feed that has 16% protein. It has been said that anything above 16% protein for the adults just results in more ammonia in their excrement.
The one thing that I do remember from when I raised ducks and geese is that they should not have a medicated feed. Most high protein turkey and gamebird starter is not medicated but medicated feed is fine for chicks, keets and poults. Most chick feed is medicated.
A quick google is showing a recommendation of 21% protein for ducklings but most of the posts are from companies that I do not trust since they are only interested in their profit and do not care what damage their products will cause.
Thanks, that's helpful. Ducklings are usually started at 22%-24%, but 28% will probably be fine. My problem will be that the high protein can give them wing issues after the first week or two, so i am trying to think of a way to separate the food sources without a separate brooder. No luck yet.
Could i just put the turkey's food up off the ground at week two? would they be able to reach it? They seem a lot more agile and feathered at that age than ducklings (who are the clumsiest birds i have ever met).
Aurora, Because I am an honest man, I will tell you I laughed at you when you said you had turkeys hatching in the 1202... I did that a week or so ago and vowed to never happen again.
I have eggs to come up that start hatching tomorrow night! A little late on the rest period, but I have been so busy I have not been paying much attention and I had the humidity at a perfect 44 so I did not open it...
I opened it to get eggs and Poults everywhere! I had 6 hatched one partially hatched and 9 internally pipped. I can see them moving in the egg! Only one bad egg.
I brought them upstairs to the hatchers now, I do better when I never look at them I guess. One was almost squished by the tray going up on the corner. He seems fine though.
I cannot believe I did not remember I had eggs hatching today. I thought they were all set to hatch late on the 6th.....
My excuse is it is our anniversary and I was too concerned about what to get my wife.... I was thinking the same thing I got her last year...