What to feed LF Shamo?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by OkChickens, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I currently feed my flock 18% Nutrina All flock Pellets would this be ok for a trio of LF Shamo around 8 Months old? Thank you,

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  2. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup. Put some oyster shell out in a bowl for layers and you're good to go.
     
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Yeah I have a small feeder with oyster shell in each coop. I have heard that they need a lower protein diet but it didn't sound right to me. Thank you!

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  4. Chris09

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    Quote:The low protein diet is correct. The Shamo breed like most Orientals are slow growing and should not be forced to grow.
    Most breeders feed a 20% blend until they are 16 weeks old; at that time they begin feeding them a 14 to16% protein blend. Also, with Orientals it is especially important to make sure that they are receiving animal protein in there diet.

    At 8 months old they shouldn't be laying yet so there is no need for the oyster shells.

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  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    The man i am buying them from says the hens should be laying soon. So what amount of protein should I feed them at this age and when should I go to 18% Protien like the rest of my flock?

    Thank you!

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  6. Chris09

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    Quote:Until they are laying keep them on a 14 to16% protein then when they start to lay they can go on a 18% Protein.

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  7. OkChickens

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    Thanks Chris! Do you raise these or have you is the past?

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  8. Chris09

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    Quote:I had Orientals in the past and still talk to a lot of Oriental breeders.
    I'll PM you a link to a good place to find some very knowledgeable people on all sorts of Game and Oriental fowl.

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  9. welasharon

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    Quote:The low protein diet is correct. The Shamo breed like most Orientals are slow growing and should not be forced to grow.
    Most breeders feed a 20% blend until they are 16 weeks old; at that time they begin feeding them a 14 to16% protein blend. Also, with Orientals it is especially important to make sure that they are receiving animal protein in there diet.

    At 8 months old they shouldn't be laying yet so there is no need for the oyster shells.

    Chris

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    If they have too high a protein diet they will essentially outgrow their bones and then you will have leg problems. In my preparation for getting shamo I also found many references to keeping the roosts wider than for others so they don't rest their keels on the edges and mess up the keel bone and it is also not supposed to be good for them to be jumping down from roosts that are up high....mine however keep jumping up on the dog's platform and jumping down from about five feet. I have throughly enjoyed mine although the cock now has to be kept separate from the other roosters. He tried to kill a feral rooster that was doing his best to run away.
     
  10. Chris09

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    Quote:The low protein diet is correct. The Shamo breed like most Orientals are slow growing and should not be forced to grow.
    Most breeders feed a 20% blend until they are 16 weeks old; at that time they begin feeding them a 14 to16% protein blend. Also, with Orientals it is especially important to make sure that they are receiving animal protein in there diet.

    At 8 months old they shouldn't be laying yet so there is no need for the oyster shells.

    Chris

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    If they have too high a protein diet they will essentially outgrow their bones and then you will have leg problems. In my preparation for getting shamo I also found many references to keeping the roosts wider than for others so they don't rest their keels on the edges and mess up the keel bone and it is also not supposed to be good for them to be jumping down from roosts that are up high....mine however keep jumping up on the dog's platform and jumping down from about five feet. I have throughly enjoyed mine although the cock now has to be kept separate from the other roosters. He tried to kill a feral rooster that was doing his best to run away.

    Wide roosts are a must for large Orientals or large breeds in general, I was even starting get "dented keels on by Exhibition Reds so every Large Fowl pen got 4" wide roosts.

    Chris
     
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