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Looking to increase gains....thoughts?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by WIchickens, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. WIchickens

    WIchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2012
    Hey guys,

    This is my first year raising BBW turkeys for the thanksgiving market. Starting small...I started with 30 and am down to 25. I am finding that my feed is lacking in vitamins and minerals, even though the feed guy said they don't live long enough for it to matter...not true! having leg issues with a few of them and need to fix it!

    They are currently eating 24% protein of corn and soybean meal. They also get some fruits/veggies a couple times a week. They get electrolytes in the water once a week. This week, I added some all flock - 18% protein - to their diet to help with getting some vitamins/minerals. I think it is helping a little, they seem perkier! But, this also means I am decreasing the protein intake down to 21%.

    They are 12 weeks old...and we have a butchering date at 20 weeks. I feel like they are already a little small, and I want to give them an extra boost to gain some more before then! Should I:

    -- get some poultry concentrate from the feed mill and mix it in with that I have?

    --just keep doing what I am doing?

    any other suggestions? I see valley vet has products such as Oxy-Gen Fines that are supposed to help with gains. Any one ever tried this, or another product that gives them a boost? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I know I have seen premade rations for feeding to meat birds, I personally would have started them on a game bird ration for four weeks than switched to a meat bird ration, adding some corn and sunflower seeds towards the end to get a bit of fat.
  3. WIchickens

    WIchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2012
    Actually i did start them on 28% gamebird feed that was medicated. Prob for the 1st 8 weeks. Then i switched over to the local feed mill feed.

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