Poultry Feed For Chickens, Turkeys & Ducks From The Church Farmhouse Shop
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The dietary requirements of poultry varies between species. This does not mean that a duck will not thrive on chicken feed (our lonesome duck has done for a year) but to get the best performance, especially during their first few months and during breeding, it is best to make sure that your poultry is receiving the right vitamins and nutrients that it needs and supplement if necessary.
We start our chicks off on chick crumbs and chicks will instantly find the water and feed from hatching. They remain on chick crumbs until they are feathered and ready to go outside at 4-6 weeks. You can usually tell when they are ready to go out as they try and fly out of the indoor pen every time you feed them and spend all day running up and down trying to flap their wings. When they go out, they move onto grower’s pellets until they are about 15-20 weeks old when we then put all the chickens (cockerels and hens) onto layer pellets.
We provide food in the morning in a chick feeder allowing them to eat during the day as they please and in the afternoon scatter some poultry corn on the ground for them to forage for. They know when it is corn time as they all run to the pen doors to greet us (well, actually it is probably the bucket they are running to!) We make sure they have water all day which is provided in plastic chick drinkers.
We obviously start with crumb food but once outside we prefer pellet food over mash food as when it gets wet, the mash just cakes together and makes it difficult to fall through the feeders.
We worm the chickens every 6-8 weeks by adding it to their water or food and other than that we have very few problems. The food we provide them seems to provide all they need and they lay gorgeous eggs with rich yellow yolks and the meat is nice and juicy without too much fat. We do keep septi-cleanse in the house if ever needed and a water based vitamin drink if they look under the weather following a bad weather spell, but rarely use, and the chickens are always happy hens at Church Farmhouse.
The chickens enjoy grass but they do scratch it up very quickly so a few greens and bits of fruit are a nice treat for them. Above all, fresh water at all times needs to be provided.
Turkeys require a higher protein level than chickens. We start our chicks out on starter crumbs with a protein level of 22%. Note that unlike other poultry, turkey chicks may need assistance with their first food and drink. Make sure you dip the chicks beaks into the water so they know where to find that and if they do not eat, try crushing up a hard-boiled egg and adding to their food.
Once our turkeys have feathered enough and are ready to move outside at 4-6 weeks old, we move them onto grower finisher pellets with a protein of 19%. For those destined for the table, they will stay on this. For those turkeys we keep for breeding we move them onto a poultry breeder pellet with 18% protein. In addition, we at Church Farmhouse provide a handful of oyster shells during breeding season to increase the calcium intake and ensure the egg shells properly formulate.
Being bigger birds, we feed the turkeys from big metal bowls rather than chicken feeders although they are given water in the same plastic chick drinkers as the chickens.
We provide the feed pellets in the morning leaving enough to allow the turkeys to feed as they please during the day and in the afternoon we scatter some mixed poultry corn on the ground for them to forage for. For treats, turkeys will enjoy some fruit and vegetables, especially berries. Water is always available.
We worm our turkeys by adding wormer to their water every 6 to 8 weeks and other than that, they are easy to care for. Our Norfolk Black turkeys are very hardy and any injuries we have cared for with cleansing the affected areas with poultry septi-cleanse. One of our stags was attacked by a fox and suffered bad cuts to his throat and body and was in severe shock. We cleaned him up, treated the affected areas with septi-cleanse and added some poultry ‘pick-me-up’ to his water. Within a week, he was back to normal and you would never know he had been hurt.
Chick crumbs do not provide adequate amounts of niacin for ducklings so commercial duck and goose starter crumbs are best. Ducklings will stay on starter crumbs until ready to move outdoors when they will be given grower/finisher pellets. For those being kept for breeding, breeder pellets are introduced at the start of the breeding season.
Ducks need clean drinking water as well as water to play in and we provide drinking water in plastic chick drinkers so they cannot mess about with it and spill it everywhere! We provide food every morning in a plastic chick feeder allowing them to eat throughout the day as they please as well as foraging. A little poultry corn is provided in the afternoon as a treat. As our ducks have access to fruit trees and lots of vegetation, we rarely need to provide additional treats, saving these for the other animals.
Ducks have a good natural immunity so we do not tend to worm them but keep a look out for any signs that means we should do otherwise.
Farmgate Chick Crumbs 20kg
Farmgate Chick Finisher 20kg
Spillers Layer Pellets 20kg
Spillers Mixed Poultry Corn 20kg
Jondo Hen Oyster Shell Grit 25kg
Net-Tex Total Mite Kill Spray 750ml
Net-Tex Poultry Septi-Clense Powder
Net-Tex Poultry Septi-Clense Spray
Net-Tex Total Mite Kill Kill Powder 120g / 300g
£5.00 / £10.00
Dodson & Horrell Poultry Pick Me Up 500ml
Plastic Poultry Feeder 1kg/3kg/6kg
£5 / £9 / £12
Plastic Poultry Drinker 2L/5L/8.5L
£5 / £11 / £15
Verm-X Pellets For Poultry 250g/750g/1.5kg
£11 / £24 / £42
Allen & Page Turkey Starter Crumbs 20kg
Allen & Page Specialist Turkey Breeder Pellets 20kg
Allen & Page Turkey Grower Finisher Pellets
Allen & Page Goose / Duck Starter Crumbs 20kg
Allen & Page Goose & Duck Breeder Pellets 20kg
Allen & Page Goose & Duck Grower/Finisher Pellets 20kg