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Gamecock Feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by birdsofparadise, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple of dozen oriental gamecocks ready to come out of the brooder. So far Iʻve been feeding broiler starter mixed with millet seed and chick grit. Theyʻve grown fast and appear healthy.

    The question is about something called "Hawaiian Gamecock Feed"? It looks like a cross between 3-way scratch and parrot food. When and why do you feed it?

    I know games take a lot longer to mature, so I donʻt want to rush them onto a feed that they are not ready for.
     
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gamecocks are quite muscular. The ones that I've raised have done well on gamebird grower. I sometimes feed some corn as a treat, but they basically eat the grower.

    The reason that some people say that game chickens mature more slowly than other breeds is because they need to develop fully before they fight them. I raise a few gamefowl to use as setting hens. They are awesome mothers.
     
  4. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People here mainly keep them as pets. Their ethnic heritage is mainly Western Pacific and they like to have oriental fowl. I plan on selling them as trios at 6 months. How does "Gamebird Grower" vary from regular Broiler Grower? Thanks for your help.
     
  5. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The main thing to watch is your protien %s in your feed. With Orientals, especially the bigger ones, if you grow them too fast with high percentage grower feeds you can end up with bone and joint problems. You must remember that birds like shamos, malays, etc., take 12 months or more to fully mature. Trying to increase this process is asking for problems. We raise shamos, thais, and the like and only use regular chick starter along with freeranging as often as we can.
     

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