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I got my first ever batch of meat birds last Thursday and my wife had picked up a bag of DuMor chick starter. Amazed at water and feed consumption and phenomenal growth rate over the last 6 days I decided to take a look at the feed bag tonight and discovered it's the 24% protein chick starter for turkeys and game birds. I have a bag of 21% meat bird feed I've been giving to our Narganssett turkeys. I'm thinking about switching feed to slow down the Freedom Rangers, I'm worried about the fast growth rate and having leg issues with them. Have I irreversibly started off with too fast of growth rate and I'm destined for some broken legs and lame chickens?
 

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I've only ever started chicks on 20% chick starter. After about
Three weeks go to 18 % layer. The layer has extra calcium via
oyster shells added helps bone strength worry less about
lameness.
The leg problems are mor prominent in raising Cornish cross
that are just eating machines and don't move around much because
they just want to keep eating (and growing).
 

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I figured out what we did. We got a bag of the chick starter for game birds which is 24% CP. Got a bag of 18% starter today and got them switched.

Even these freedom rangers are eating machines. I think we're going to have good weather tomorrow so they are going to go out on grass for a few hours.
 
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