Man at feed store said i need more protein?? How??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mattdog1995, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. mattdog1995

    mattdog1995 Out Of The Brooder

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    I went to the feed store the other day to buy some more chick starter for my chicks(4 weeks) and my turkeys(6-7weeks) but he said that my turkeys probably need more protein, what can i feed them for that? Is there something i can buy? Any help is appreciated! Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Game bird starter has between 24-30% protein, but if it's over 24%, that is a bit high for chicks. You could use Flock Raiser by Purina, for all breeds, but it's about 20%. You could mix the chick starter and high protein game bird starter to get an in-between %.
     
  3. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never raised turkeys....so hopefully, someone who does will chime in.

    The way I get additional protein into my Silkies' diet is with : fish meal, kitten chow, chopped hard boiled eggs and commercial Game Bird feed.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    ask him if he has any meat bird 8 week crumbles.
     
  5. cutlass1972

    cutlass1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my chickens "paws and claws" brand kitten food in small quantities as a treat to bring upi their protein intake. Bag says minimum 41% crude protein, and it is pretty cheap $5.99 at the local TSC.
     
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You could follow any of great suggestions given. What I do when I want to bump up protein for specific birds, I go get some fish meal (approx 60% protein) and use Persons square to calculate the amount to add to get to the desired protein level..

    ON
     
  7. jjparke

    jjparke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should stock "gamebird" feed or "grower" mix. Either should supply ample protein.
     
  8. fwschrom

    fwschrom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does your seed store have turkey starter? I had to look to get non-medicated though its hard to find even here where I have a great selection of foods. I feed the Aslin Finch brand. Purina makes medicated. At 8-10 weeks you can lower the protien and switch to grower about 20-22% protien, I am using Purina grower I just switched.

    If you can't find turkey at all, look for game bird feed as a starter, for starter you want 27% protien, and can switch to 20-22 % as grower.

    Use starter till 8 min to 10 weeks, then switch to grower. Young turkeys need high protien for leg development early on.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Flock raiser is 20% protein. Works for chicks, chickens and turkeys.
     
  10. mattdog1995

    mattdog1995 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you everyone for the information! [​IMG]
     

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