Game Bird Feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Miss Lydia, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    I have read on here about people feeding game bird feed to their hens because of the protein being high, what can you tell me about it and would it be better than Flock Raiser or Layena?
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Flock Raiser and Gamebird I believe are the same - I use Flock Raiser, since I have mixed age birds- Free choice oyster shell with that - works for me
  3. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Crowing

    Jun 15, 2010
    Western Wisconsin
    I feed game bird feed because I want my birds to get some animal proteins. The purina feed I usually buy doesn't have any. Sometimes I buy a bag of each and mix them.
  4. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Purina game bird is I think around 30% protein, much higher than the 20% flock raiser. Game bird is for baby turkeys, guineas ect. I would use flock raiser for a mixed age flock, layer for a hen flock, and game bird for a treat, or maybe for a chicken recovering from an illness. I doubt it would hurt a laying flock that had a separate calcium source ( I am not sure if it has enough calcium), but is more expensive.
  5. averytds

    averytds Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    I guess it depends on your area. Gamebird feed here is house brand and interchangeable with Flock Raiser on protein. They're both more expensive than layer pellets. If I remember, when I've seen Layena the protein levels were on par with our regular pellets 16%. The pellets were smaller than our local brand and they were a couple dollars more per bag.

    We often have different age ranges, quite a few roos and I like higher protein for molts and the showbirds. Never bothered when we just had a free ranging layer flock. They just got Layer feed.
  6. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    I feed a 16% layer from KTA mixed with a 7 grain scratch that has 22% protein.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Thanks for all the replys, I also use flock raiser with oyster shell out all the time, so I think I'll just stay with it since I know it works good. Thanks again.

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