Chick starter or turkey game bird?? See the image

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cowgirl4Christ, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. cowgirl4Christ

    cowgirl4Christ Hatching

    Jan 1, 2015
    Southern California

    So I'm raising meat chickens and they will be here very soon... I am doing this project for a 4-h show which is in mid Febuary. I was supposed to use chick starter however I found that out after I bought this. My question is would this work as a chick starter? There is another bag in this brand for when they are older it's called self feed developer. Should I get chick starter or can I use this??
    Sorry the pic is upside down
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015
  2. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Others may have better answers . . .

    The broilers grow so fast that you can alter the growth rate by choosing a different protein level in the feed.

    You only have about 4-6 weeks when normally the chickens are butchered at 8-10 weeks. SO do a bit of research to determine just how fast you need these babies to grow. THe have a SUPER appetitie. THe faster they grow the more feed they want. YOu really need to be careful about over feeding as they can grow tooo fast and have health problems.

    I liked how my Cornish crosses grew on fermented feed. IT is easy to do and because the feed is saturated with water they cannot gorge like eating dry feed. Please take a few minutes to research fermented feeds on BYC. Kuntry Girl did a nice experiment on raising them on fermented feed. Less odorous poo and fewer losses too.

    My dual purpose birds were raised on 28% feed. But understand they have a lesser appetite than the Cornish meat birds. Meaning you need to consider the total protein in a day: a big eater eats more feed and that can translate into more grams of protein a day.

    These birds get VERY hot also as their metabolism is running at a super rate.

    Perhaps you could contact the source you are purchasing from for a recommendation.

    ( You can ferment any of the feeds, no matter the % protein in the crumble/pellet.)
  3. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Songster

    Nov 26, 2011
    My first choice would be to use feed that is formulated for meat birds/broilers. I would use this product only if the feed store did not have the correct starter. Do not use a starter for laying hens because you birds will be very small. These chicks will eat any feed you give and want more all the time. Its up to you to get the right feed for these birds. Your project is over a short period of time so the wrong feed will have a big effect. If you can get Honor Show Chow for broilers do that and also get some vitamins for their water.

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