Day old Turkey poults

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Hi please help, I’m getting some day old poults on Friday but I only managed to find turkey starter crumb at 21% and no coccidiostat. I have managed to order some to be delivered Tuesday from a different supplier at 26% protein and Coccidiostat will it be okay to switch when the feed arrives Tuesday?
 

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Hi please help, I’m getting some day old poults on Friday but I only managed to find turkey starter crumb at 21% and no coccidiostat. I have managed to order some to be delivered Tuesday from a different supplier at 26% protein and Coccidiostat will it be okay to switch when the feed arrives Tuesday?
Yes, but many of us never use medicated feed for our poults.
 

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I appreciate that however all the forums I have read the lowest protein for turkeys has been 26% And I’ve only managed to find 21% so was unsure they’d grow strong enough as I know turkeys are very sensitive when young.
 

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I appreciate that however all the forums I have read the lowest protein for turkeys has been 26% And I’ve only managed to find 21% so was unsure they’d grow strong enough as I know turkeys are very sensitive when young.
All I am saying is not to worry about the feed having a coccidiostat. I am well aware that the chain stores here refuse to carry a proper starter for poults, keets, game birds or quail.

I am fortunate that a chain lumberyard happens to carry poultry feed and they were more than happy to start carrying the starter that I use. I use a 28% protein turkey or game bird starter for both my poults and keets. It is not a medicated feed.

I do not recommend feeding a 21% protein starter but if it is all you have, you don't have a choice. You can help them out by giving them crumbled hard boiled eggs. The eggs are only 12% protein but they are a perfect combination of the best proteins for the poults. You can also give them vitamin B complex made at the rate of 1/2 capsule or tablet dissolved in one gallon of water. It should be their only source of water and should be made fresh daily.

The trouble with the low protein starters is that they are also low in the amounts of lysine, methionine and niacin.

Good luck.
 

Aycchicks

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All I am saying is not to worry about the feed having a coccidiostat. I am well aware that the chain stores here refuse to carry a proper starter for poults, keets, game birds or quail.

I am fortunate that a chain lumberyard happens to carry poultry feed and they were more than happy to start carrying the starter that I use. I use a 28% protein turkey or game bird starter for both my poults and keets. It is not a medicated feed.

I do not recommend feeding a 21% protein starter but if it is all you have, you don't have a choice. You can help them out by giving them crumbled hard boiled eggs. The eggs are only 12% protein but they are a perfect combination of the best proteins for the poults. You can also give them vitamin B complex made at the rate of 1/2 capsule or tablet dissolved in one gallon of water. It should be their only source of water and should be made fresh daily.

The trouble with the low protein starters is that they are also low in the amounts of lysine, methionine and niacin.

Good luck.
Thank you
 

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I’ve managed to source some 25% protein turkey starter crumb which contains Coccidiostat. However my poults are now a week old and have been on 21% of a different brand. Shall I gradually make the switch will it affect them in anyway?
 

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I’ve managed to source some 25% protein turkey starter crumb which contains Coccidiostat. However my poults are now a week old and have been on 21% of a different brand. Shall I gradually make the switch will it affect them in anyway?
Switch them straight over. You never want to dilute a medicated feed. It is worse than no medication at all.
 

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