What does everyone feed their SHOW birds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Majestic Lane Poultry, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    Ok, everybody speak up.

    As next weekend will be my first show experience. I have been exposed to poultry on the family farm all of my 40 years. I know showing is a different ball game entirely.

    So what do you feed your show birds? Do you have a formula? What about conditioning? I have so many questions.

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  2. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    I feed mine purina show chow for broilers mixed as a 1/4 ration
    Purina Layer or (starter/flock raiser mixed 1/2 and 1/2) to a 1/4 ration
    rooster booster or a five grain scratch 1/4 ration
    and a small cat or dog food 1/4 ration

    every other day i add a teaspoon of wheat germ oil to there feed! this will help bring the oil out on you birds feathers, along with brightening the comb and wattles.

    They do get some oats every few days as well
     
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  3. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    That sounds like a reasonable mix. I use wheat germ and flax seed already.

    Anyone else willing to share? I would love to compare and decide what direction or combo works best for me and mine.
     
  4. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    Mine are on turkey/gamebird pellets, my whole flock which includes chickens, two duck breeds and a few turkeys. Plus they get to free range, I get dated bakery goods and fresh veggies, they go through 100 pounds of whole cabbage a day right now. I cleaned a truck farm out.

    They get on occasion whole corn, quinoa, lots of meat scraps, ground bones, beet pulp and alfalfa.
     
  5. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    Right now we feed ours a mixture of purina layena/flock raiser, I throw in some boss dried cat food and oats as well as some flax seed. I usually add some wheat germ when I run out of the flax though. Mine free range and have full access to my garden and kitchen scraps that I compost there. Once we are finished using the pumpkins for decoration they'll be getting that for a treat.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Depending on the age and the breed I am feeding depends on the amount of each ingredient I use but here is a list of what I use.
    Starter/ Grower, Black oiled sunflower seeds, Wheat, Corn, Safflower seed, Red cell, Kelp meal, Brewers yeast and a 58% protein power for poultry.
    I use a 16% protein all grain pigeon feed as a scratch and a pigeon grit that has in it:
    Grinding stones, Silex-stones, Oyster shells ,Sea shells, Redstone, Charcoal, Anise oil.

    Chris
     
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  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I too like to use pigeon feed as a scratch, but it is so darned expensive! $21 per 50 lb bag about a week ago.
     
  8. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it isn't super hot you can stop watering for a half hour before the show.

    So far as feed goes I feed greens and scratch and the stuff that they feed birds to be released into the wild.(you can usually get the stuff in crumbles)
     
  9. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the off season I dont feed this high protein but during show season.

    Begins with worming. roosters get wazine17 hens get the hot peppers.

    I feed mine purina show chow for broilers
    Purina Layer
    little bit Calf manna
    five grain scratch
    little sunflower oil
    little sunflower seeds shelled
    and doctor green (softer grasses)
    cat food or bread treats.
    little grit
    and a juicy worm If I find one

    I mix the three bags 50 lbs bags of layer, broiler,and scratch grain in one large feed holder. Add the rest in bits according to each bird needs.

    we try to not give White birds much if any corn turns feathers yellow so sebrights get oats , sunflower seeds and oil, cooked eggs and little puina layer mixed in. sprinkle calf manna and doctor green.

    silk cloth for shining up befor penning. brings out most shine.

    At the bigger some judges dont like to see full guts (crop) so remove food - water until after judging , then promptly put it right back in. doesnt matter too much at the fairs.

    The sebrights have become little fatties, so gotta cut some sunflower seeds back . little tubbs both of them. and one of them suddenly went broody and she looks like a perfect little meatball with eyeballs hovering over eggs that are way too big for her.
     
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