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Feeding gamebird starter to cornish X's....is this okay????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cjeanean, May 23, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    My cornish crosses were on regular chick starter for about 2.5 to three weeks (thats how long they were at the feed store before we bought them) but I don't want them on medicated food anymore. I can't get chick starter in non-medicated form, so I've been feeding them gamebird starter. It's 22% protein, which is the same protein level as the meat chick grower, but it's A LOT cheaper, which is why I've been feeding that instead of the chick grower. Is this okay to do????
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    22% is OK. The question I'm wondering is if the game bird ration constitutes a balanced ration for the chickens or not.

    Some gamebird rations are 28% protein. That's too much for broilers and it should be stretched with cracked corn (or other grains).
     
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    I'm not sure if it's balanced, I know that when they get older and are off the medicated feed I buy all purpose poultry feed for them, and it's for ducks and chickens. 15% or 16% protein......this stuff is only 22%, I made sure, says it right on the bag. I've heard of ppl feeding gamebird starter to chickens when they don't want the medicated feed, but I just wanted to make sure. They're growing incredibly fast, that's for sure!!! I've only had them 3 or 4 days, and they were already going on their 3rd week when I bought them (got 'em for $0.50 apiece cause the store wanted to get rid of them). I got 30 of them. I just don't want to kill them LOL, which is why I want to make sure it'll work for them. Thanks!
     

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