D: What do I say?! (stupid Q)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BeccaB00, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently switched my birds over to a better food

    including pellets and just a little scratch, for now I was told layer pellets

    are ok, but I have game birds, and layer pellets seem a bit much.

    What should I ask for when I go to the feed store this evening?

    I want regular crumbles, not layer pellets but you have to tell the

    people at our feed store what you need as they don't have a list

    of what they have, nor do they show you what they have. You

    simply go in and say "I want scratch" or "I need grit for my chickens"

    ...I don't know what to say! [​IMG] Do I just say "I need crumbles for

    chickens." Or is it CALLED somthing? by name? ugh idk. haha please let

    me know! dont judge my horrible question!

    thankyooouuuu!
    Becca
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    There is Game Bird Feed, comes in several forms. For example, in their Game Bird line, Purina has Starter, Flight Conditioner (which is a grower) and Game Bird Breeder/Layena, which is in crumble form. Most feeds come in either crumble or pellet form. You need a crumble that is age and bird type appropriate, not scratch, which is not a complete feed for most birds.

    The "scratch" I use is called Knockout, a Game Rooster feed, with 11 grains, very high quality. My one rooster who lives alone eats that almost exclusively since it's 12% protein by itself. Layers need more calcium than that, as well as higher protein.
     
  3. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] alright thanks.
    Now I just have to figure out if they carry what I need. [​IMG]
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    ask:

    "What all chicken feed do you have? I have (age of birds) that need (new requirement)."

    I use gamebird breeder cut with scratch or boss depending on the time of year. I also get 'waste' food from a local place.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here is the Knockout Game Bird Feed by Faithway Feeds that I use as my scratch.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

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    Quote:mmmmm, that looks good, bet my girls would love that as a treat!
     
  7. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ha ha! Dont feel bad.. Im always intimidated when I go into the feed store too.. its not somewhere that I feel really confident either. It would make it easier if they did have a list..I never know what to ask for either and they NEVER have a small ammount of anything..its so frustrating! I tried to go in to buy a bag of wheat to sprout for my THREE chickens and I asked for their smallest bag..50 POUNDS! What am I going to do with 50 pounds of wheat to sprout for three chickens..when I told the guy that was too much he laughed at me and said "you working on some special project or something?" [​IMG] And then I made a mistake of going in one time in a skirt, oh man. This crowd of crusty old timers in overalls actually fell silent and parted to let me through like I was Moses parting the red sea or something. I was so red in the face and flustered I forgot what I went in there for! Its less stressful to go to the dentist!
     
  8. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I feel the same! [​IMG]

    "what kind of food do you need?" Normally ends up

    being the most difficult question in the world for me! [​IMG]


    speckled hen: That looks like the scratch I have. [​IMG]
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Do you mean something like grower crumbles, chick crumbles, layer crumbles?
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You really have to know what you want when you go to any feed store so you don't rely on their "expertise". If you have game birds of laying age, you want a layer crumble, preferably for game birds. If they are younger than laying age, you want starter or grower or the combo starter/grower crumble.


    To clarify, you have game birds like guineas or turkeys, not game chickens?
     

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