Help! Poults need more protein!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Poultator, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Poultator

    Poultator Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that turkey poults need 28% protein, though this MannaPro is only 24%. It is the only game bird feed that I can get around where I live. Should I supplement them and If so, what do you suggest I use?
    *~EDIT~* I just tried to feed egg yolk, both hard boiled and scrambled, they REFUSE to eat it![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2016
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I have raised many batches of poults on chick starter, they initially grow slower, which I believe helps avoid leg problems. You are suppose to feed the higher protein for 4 weeks before lowering it, I followed the recommended feeding routine in the past but now use chick starter. I haven't seen any problems from a lower protein diet, they grow slower, but they are still rowdy and loud. So feed what you have and don't get over worried.
     
  3. Poultator

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    Thank goodness! They are all a bit sick so I thought they could use the extra protein. After some extensive scouring of the area, I did find some ultrakibble for chicks (which is 28%) and some mealworms and grit that they seem to love. :)
     
  4. hyelaw

    hyelaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For added protein I used mealworms, black soldier fly larvae, and hard boiled eggs. I used a chick feed though, so the protein was even lower than yours. I'm sure they'll be okay. I also put apple cider vinegar in my water and cayenne / garlic in my feed.
     
  5. Poultator

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    Thank you, Hyelaw! I just bought 200 medium mealworms from my local pet store, the poor things seem to be afraid of them! [​IMG]
    I never heard of adding garlic to the feed, but after searching online and reading a couple of good articles, I think that it is a great idea! How much do you add for your poults? Mine are 5 days old as of today.
     

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