Game Bird v.s. Chicken Crumbles???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Carrie Lynn, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Why do people feed game bird feed to chickens?
    Which is the better choice?
    And, what about a mix?

    Thanks in advance,
    Carrie Lynn
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    The only time I mix in game bird starter is when I feel the need for a higher protein level than what my birds get with their regular crumbles. This pretty much is only during the molting period because I feed Flock Raiser which is already at 20% but they also have free choice grain available which lowers it somewhat.

    That's for chickens. My turkeys always get the Flock Raiser with some gamebird starter mixed in, about three or four to one. They need a higher protein level. They also get free choice grain.
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    They feed it mainly for the animal protein that it has which many layer feeds do not.
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    And look what it did to A.T.Hagans rooster:)
  5. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    I use gamebird starter exculsively.

    Several reasons:
    1. The Gamebird starter that I use is medicated with both Amprolium and Bacitracin. The regular chickstarter that is available where I am located only has the Amprolium.
    2. Gamebird starter is 27-28% protein compared to chickstarter which is generally 20-21% protein.
    3. Generally the cost for the Gamebird starter is the same or only slightly more than regular chickstarter.

    The chicks on Gamebird starter will typically grow faster and be healthier than birds grown on regular chickstarter.

    I use Gamebird starter until the chicks are around 10-12 weeks old (longer in the winter months). At that age I will then cut the Gamebird starter by 1/2 with 14% Hog-finisher. This will continue until they are around 22 weeks of age.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Quote:Ahh, no. The rooster in my avatar gets BoomFood brand chicken feed. I store it in the barn you see in the background. I don't recommend it for general use... [​IMG]

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