Showing a Meat Pen of Chickens. Suggestions Needed.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by zimmzimm3, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. zimmzimm3

    zimmzimm3 New Egg

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    The way we feed our meat pen chickens are as follows:
    We start our feeding 2 bags of Turkey Starter
    Once the bag are fed we switch to 20% Chicks Grower
    2 weeks before fair we switch to Cracked Corn to firm up the birds.

    We give them a vitamin pack in there water when they are young but stop after about a month.

    Does anyone have suggestions what I can do to improve my feeding program and my birds.

    Thanks
     
  2. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Instead of switching to just corn... top dress your regular feed with corn. All cor n does is add additional body heat and fat.
     
  3. zimmzimm3

    zimmzimm3 New Egg

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    Quote:Could you give me an example of what you mean? What part corn to normal grower feed? 1 part corn to 2 parts grower??
     
  4. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The turkey starter I use is 30%...is it the same for you?

    That much protein is darn expensive, and maybe overkill...just my opinion.
     
  5. JoJo 95

    JoJo 95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    feed them lots and lots of crickets and mealworms. These bugs are packed with protein and are very easy to get
     
  6. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wrong
    We have debunked that myth long ago.
     
  7. zimmzimm3

    zimmzimm3 New Egg

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    Quote:Wrong
    We have debunked that myth long ago.

    If this is the case then what does corn do? What would you reccomend doing at the end right before fair?
    Thanks
     
  8. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wrong
    We have debunked that myth long ago.

    If this is the case then what does corn do? What would you reccomend doing at the end right before fair?
    Thanks

    I think you are feeding them right. In dietary terms corn is used because it is a highly digestable grain. It adds lots of caleries to the diet. In a meat bird it will do 2 things. Add muscle or fat, most likly fat. Of course that is what you are looking for so I say keep doing it.
     

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