FEEDING CHICKENS GAME BIRD FEED

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Linda49, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. Linda49

    Linda49 Out Of The Brooder

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    My local feed store is recommending that we feed our chickens game bird feed instead of chicken feed. I presently have four 19 week old LF pullets and four 10 week old LF pullets. They said to feed them the game bird starter until they all start to lay, then switch to the game bird layer.

    What are the pros and cons for doing this? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you raising them for eggs or meat? Game bird feed has a higher protein content than layer feed.
     
  3. btruegs

    btruegs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know of any cons, but i would feed the 10 week old chicks chicken chick starter and the others chicken layer feed. you can also see what google says.
     
  4. Linda49

    Linda49 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm raising them for eggs.
     
  5. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not feed them anything besides chick starter until they are 4 months old. It can damage their kidneys. So, your older birds are fine, but like btruegs mentioned, feed the 10 week olds chick starter.

    Since you are raising them for eggs, I also would have them on layer feed & not game bird. Are they able to free range at all?
     
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  6. Linda49

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    All the birds are in the same pen, so I was going to keep them on starter feed, with oyster shell on the side, until they all are laying, then switch to layer feed. Will the higher protein hurt them in any way? I was reading some posts that said the game bird feed made a difference in how good their birds looked....shinier feathers, etc. But I don't want to use it if it has any detrimental effects.
     

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