Large White Turkeys Starter

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Finnisher, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Finnisher

    Finnisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone.

    I called multiple feed stores and they don't carry turkey feed, the two stores that carried it. Both of them have only 25% minimum, one of the stores said they've been using this feed for 25 years on bronze and white turkeys. Do you think I should buy this feed?

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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    What is your location?

    A lot of people start their game birds on a 24-25% feed. I believe I did when I first started hatching turkeys and guineas, before I found my other local feed store and stopped buying it at TSC. Even the game bird starter that I buy at my Southern States is 28% I believe, which is not a huge difference.
     
  3. Finnisher

    Finnisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm east of the GTA in Ontario. TSC doesn't carry the feed and don't have it to order. Did you experience a difference in mortality or growth rate from the 28% vs the 25%?
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Not at all, actually. However, I have not seemed to experience the mortality rates that others do, calling poults delicate and difficult to raise. Mine go outside within a week and thrive just fine.
     
  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Also, I've taken to fermenting my feed for everyone, which supposedly raises the protein percentage (by breaking down a lot of the sugars thus lowering the carbohydrate percentage)
     
  6. Finnisher

    Finnisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you please explain how you ferment feed? Do you feed fermented feed to day olds?
     
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    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have raised poults on 18% chick starter. They are slower growing but no deaths, and they are perfectly healthy. Last year's batch received a daily treat of scrambled eggs to boosts the protein enough so they grew more normally. I'm not necessarily recommending it. It's hard to find fresh game bird starter around here so I have been experimenting to see how it goes. So I wouldn't worry they will die on 24%.
     
  9. Finnisher

    Finnisher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They WILL die on 24% ?:eek:
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    No, I said I wouldn't worry about them dying on it, sorry for the confusion, they will be fine.
     

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