Royal Palms -- how big should they be at 4 weeks old?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Denninmi, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm concerned that my "Calico Sweetgrass Royal Palms" that are 4 weeks old today aren't growing fast enough.

    I'd say they are a little bigger than a robin at this point. They are definitely growing, and the ducks and chicks I hatched/got at the same time are all growing proportionately at the same rate, I'd say.

    I just thought they should be bigger at this point.

    I'm feeding them a mix of 24% protein gamebird starter and 24% protein medicated starter. I know 28% would be ideal, but the feed store here didn't have that, and my understanding is feeding a little lower protein is OK, they just won't get as large in the end, but I don't want to damage their health or anything.

    I wonder if I'm giving too many greens -- they love them, but greens have virtually no calories and no protein to speak of. That may be a contributing factor, I'm giving them a pretty good handfull of greens twice a day.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2010
  2. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    Mine were smaller than the Delaware chicks at first now @ 7 weeks they are taller maybe not heavier but I now have the turkeys together and they are 2 weeks younger than the Midgets and they are almost as big it seems that turkeys take off growing after 6 to 8 weeks the Bourbons who are the oldest are now way bigger and heavier than they were 2 weeks ago and the food is the same 28% turkey starter because the local mill makes it just not medicated. I'm waiting for the youngest ones to get old enough then they will all go outside the middle of next month to eat weeds and catch bugs. So Palms are not supposed to get that big 16 lbs for the toms and 10 lbs for the hen but they do get mixed with other breeds so you never know mine came from Cackle
     

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