Feeding dual purpose heritage chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 3riverschick, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Lots of times when we study the history of these heritage large dual purpose fowl, we find that they were originally a meat breed which was tweaked to also become a good layer. Often the chicks from such breeds do better raised on Meatbird formula then just a regular chick feed. Meatbird formulas can be fed to such Fowl from hatch till you decide otherwise. The point being that dual purpose fowl with a meat bird foundation just do better with 18 to 20+ protein in their crumbles. Agway Meatbird And Naturewise Meatbird (both by Cargill) are just two examples.
    Best, Karen
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Or Purina Flock Raiser, a 20% protein all-flock feed. Something fresh at your feed store, whatever good quality brand is available. Mary

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