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my chickens are getting fat on the turkey feed

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bkvail, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. bkvail

    bkvail Songster

    Can I switch my turkeys to chicken layer crumbles instead of their game bird starter? they are about 6 weeks old now and maybe 6-7 lbs (they are BBB). My chickens fly into their pen and eat the feed and are getting FAT!!! I don't care if they grow slower, I'll just be able to enjoy them longer before butcher time then [​IMG]

  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I honestly dunno, i think the main issue is protien content [​IMG]
  3. Most chicken layer is 16% protien and it has to much calcium for growing birds. (I don't remember which but it causes either kidney or liver damage). For our turkeys at about 8 weeks we go from 28% game bird starter to 20% chick start n grow.

    For your BBB's they would surely grow slower, but I don't think you are doing them any favors by feeding them layer, plus probably hurting them by the calcium level.

    Steve in NC

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