Agh Feed Store Back Order, HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SamanthaBrooke, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ugh, I am stressing out. I called my feed store guy last week I order my new chicks feed, I am feeding Honor Show Chow Turkey Starter 30% and he said it wouldn't be in until the 7th or 8th and that is the same day my chicks are due to be at the post. What type of feed should I give them until I pick up their real feed and it needs to be a small bag since their feed is $38.00 a bag and they only will eat that for 3 weeks before swapped slowly over to the Honor Show Chow Broiler...also when I get their real feed how long should I mix the cheap feed with the good stuff?

    Thank you!!!
     
  2. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked any other feed stores near you? According to Purina they have several stores including tractor supply which sell it. If you do end up with another purina variety I wouldn't even bother mixing it just dump the bag in and the birds enjoy it. Also check with some people on Craigslist maybe someone has a bag they're willing to sell you.


    http://www.purinamills.com/DealerLocator/Default.aspx?SearchType=Z&ZipCode=30518
     
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Are you raising turkeys? If not, why wouldn't you feed them chick starter or broiler starter?
     
  4. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are these meat birds?

    Can you not pick the birds and feed up on the same day? Babies can go for 3 days after hatch without eating, give them water. I'm not familiar with the feed you've chosen but there are teeny bags of chick starter you can buy if you have to feed them before you can pick up their permanent food.
     
  5. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No they are not meat birds but they will be traveling a lot when they are older so it was suggest by a good show friend that I start them on turkey starter as bantams need a little more protein so I bought this feed, has very nice reviews for bantams too! Tractor supply doesn't carry it and wouldn't order it for me and my other feed store couldn't get it before my main feed store so I guess I'll get a little 5 lb sack of purina to give them until it comes in.

    Hopefully it will come in before the birds, they will be in their third day when they get to me so I have to provide food.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think that they'll be harmed in the slightest by eating another kind of feed for a day or two before your higher-protein feed comes in. I think the idea of getting a little 5lb bag to hold them over is a good one.
     
  7. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the reassurance!
     

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