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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chichick, Jun 18, 2011.
can you feed turkey poults the Purina Mills Dumor show chow for poultry? It has about 15% protien.
Protein level is waaaaay too low. Most people feed 28-30%. Use gamebird feed.
Purina also makes a Turkey Starter that is 28%. That's what I'm using.
yeah I feed the 28% starter, they grow up fast so they definitely need that protein and then some
Where do yall get that. I havn't checked any of the local feed stores yet, but I looked on the TSC website and they have DuMOR Chick Starter 24% Protien Feed. Is this good enough
Quote:This is the only thing I can find where I am at! I would prefer something with a higher protein percentage, but my poults are doing really well on it. My chicks are doing REALLY well on it lol.
You didn't mention which kind of turkeys you had. I'm guessing that heritage type birds which are slower growing can eat a SLIGHTLY lower protein than a BBW or BBB. THe benefit of the higher protein for the BBB/BBW is that these birds are bred for VERY FAST growth rate and need the higher protein to maximize the growth. Having said that, wild turkey poults eat insects as their primary food in the early weeks, then add in more vegetation as they get older.
I had to do some reading of feed tags to find a suitable turkey feed; one company considers 22% as turkey feed; I bet it is ok for older birds but not chicks. oops poults. My 8 BBW at 2 1/2 weeks eat a shocking amount of feed and are already 3 times the size of the marans which are the exact same age and eat the same feed ( they are brooded together)!
Hope this is helpful. GL
I would consider 24% the minimum for poults. That means no treats or anything other than green feed that would dilute their protein intake.
I have Eastern Wild Turkeys. Like I said I feed them 24%. I was thinking about feeding them(every now and then) the dryed worm treats they have at TSC that have a lot of portien. They have an ad. for them sometimes on BYC.