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switched the flock over to this recipe:

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by technodoll, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Got this advice from a professional blue-ribbon breeder who has been breeding, raising and showing birds for over 50 years - he has some of the best and most sought-after specimens of chickens, pigeons, quails, turkey, pheasants, peacocks in the country.

    He breeds on a small scale as to give all his birds TLC from hatch till old age (some of his roos are 8 years old but look years younger!), his birds are all super healthy and never have health issues.

    This is what he feeds to ALL the birds, no matter the breed, sex or age:

    45% turkey growth crumbles (26% protein)
    45% cracked corn
    10% layer crumbles

    fresh fruits, vegetables and the occasional treat such as shelled unsalted peanuts, BOSS, etc.
    crushed oyster shell in a separate container for the hens (free choice)

    More corn in the winter, less in the summer.

    There is no waste, since the "flour" collected at the bottom of food dishes gets fed to the chicks and young birds.

    It costs him $35 a month to feed all his birds this way!

    He swears by this recipe and as I've seen his flock twice now (and have 3 pullets from his stock), I can attest that he must be doing something right.

    I just switched my flock over to this recipe as their main food ration and let's see how it goes. He said that feeding too much calcium to the roos (ie, layer food) is bad for their kidneys as they can't process the extra calcium into egg shells, birds need more protein and if hens need added calcium for eggshells, to give free-choice crushed oyster shells. His hens hardly ever eat any and form beautiful eggs, so who knows?

    Anyways, thought to share this with you.

  2. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    Pleae note when reading this OP is in Canada it does make a differance. This diet fed to chickens only and if a light breed would not be so good. Corn has alot of fat in it very little protien. You do not mention what the protien level is on the layer but I am betting the total protien of that mix is about 18%. Since corn is 9 % and most layer is 15% the 26% gets brought down till you have a total of 18% which is fine. You all need that extra fat up there for your winters. It sounds like a good mix for cold weather like that, but for those in warmer parts we would have fat chickens. Fat chickens will not lay as much. Just remember a show person does not want alot of eggs for it take away show quality in the feathers.
  3. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Yes, i forgot to mention it's for a cold climate!

    Corn is decreased to about 20 - 25% in the summertime.

    it's -22F today with windchill, the flock is freezing because of high humidity in my crummy coop so I hope the food helps...


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