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Am I feeding my pullets and poults correctly??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by R.M. Hens, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. R.M. Hens

    R.M. Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 9 week old RIR pullets that are on starter/grower and treats including scratch. This past weekend we added 5 2 month old Royal Palm turkeys to the flock. The feed store said my pullets and turkeys can eat the same thing which is turkey chow 24%. Is this ok for my pullets?

    I will be moving my pullets to the big hen yard in another week, what should I feed when I move them? My big hens are on layer pellets, scratch, and oyster shell.

    Should I be giving my pullets some oyster shell too?
     
  2. cindylo

    cindylo Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a bump. I'm a real novice and have no experience with turkeys, but I'm sure the folks here will give you some good advice.
     
  3. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Your pullets don't need oyster shell until they start laying eggs. It is actually hard on their system and can cause problems. The turkey grower (24%)is higher in protein than normal chick grower(20%) but won't hurt them. You might be paying a higher cost. If you are planning on breeding your turkeys and not eating them for the Holidays, you can lower their protein to (20%) and they will do just fine. Do a cost comparison with the local feed that you have available. Purina Flock Raiser has 20% and can be fed to almost all growing fowl, including waterfowl. You just have to check prices and also if you can free-range a bit, then they will up their protein just by eating bugs and such. Go easy on the scratch, especially in the heat. I save that for the winter cold and feed wheat as a treat during the summer, but just a handful or two.
     
  4. R.M. Hens

    R.M. Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the bump!
     
  5. R.M. Hens

    R.M. Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds good. I have not seen Flock Raiser at my feed store but I will check around some more. What you said about scratch makes alot of sense. I have been giving less and less of the scratch because of the heat. I have been giving them frozen fruits and light stuff for treats. Thanks for the reply!
     

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