What is game bird feed?

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  1. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still am confused as to what I should be giving my ducks. I feed them All Flock, but have wondered if I should add chicken scratch to it or something else. I just read something about game bird feed on weekends for a boost.

    What should I be giving them IN ADDITION to All Flock?
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I never bothered with All Flock, I used Game Bird Feed in the appropriate type (Grower/Finisher, Breeder, Maintenance) -

    I went to the feed store with the nutritional requirements of my animals prineted out, and had them line up one of each and picked the things that matched best.

    (Game Bird (type whatever growth stage) + oyster shell/ egg shell for calcium + pigeon grit + rabbit food... as I have Rabbits and doves with Ducks and chickens- (everyone can get away from everyone else) )

    I also used separate containers for each type of feed.

    Food scraps (when available ) also go into another container.

    The doves, ducks and Chickens do fin on the Game Bird (whatever) + rabbit feed (cuts protein for the ducks, chickens and doves ignore it- its all the rabbits eat mostly) in my flock- YMMV
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Game bird feed is too high protein for ducks. I use it to start ducklings for the first 2 weeks. After that, they don't get any more.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    In answer to your question "What is game bird feed?", it is feed formulated to be fed to pheasants, quail, and turkeys. It is usually very high protein, about 28%.

    I believe that some people feed it to Cornish Cross chickens, where the object is to get them to grow very big, very fast. It's too much for ducks and if you feed it to young ducks, it might result in angel wing.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:x2
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Game bird when blended reduces the %, and for those raising multiple species it works to reduce the total number of feeds being stored.

    All flock
    Game bird
    BOSS
    oats
    Scratch
    Red wheat in the winter for the geese only (not that we get a real winter)

    Then we also have goat feed, rabbit feed, hay,alfalfa cubes and fresh veggies and fruits for the crew.

    We also raise: geese, ducks, chickens, quail, peafowl, goats, rabbits so this is what works for us.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Is there such a thing as Game Bird Pellets? All I have ever seen wsa Game Bird Crumble. Anyone know?
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Have not seen any pellet game bird
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I wonder if they make any? And if not, I wonder why not. I will have to goggle and call around. I would much prefer a game bird pellet for the adult birds.
     
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Game bird feed is too high protein for ducks.

    Totally disagree. Since I have quail I buy game bird feed and the ducks and quail both get the game bird feed. No instances of angel wing through 3 generations and counting, better feathering, larger size, and better meat from the game bird fed ducks. A friend and I just recently butchered a whole bunch of drakes, some from my birds and some from a friend who fed flock raiser. My birds were consistently larger, stronger, had better feather development, and richer meat. I will continue to use game bird feed with no reservation.​
     

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