Yes Iíve heard that a lot of people feed a little cat food for the higher protien. The Catfish food is 32 percent protien and is $13.99 for 40 pound bag or $19.99 for 50 pound bag at Tractor Supply so cheaper then cat food. What cat food are you feeding and whatís the protien?
My friends because is higher in protein it does not make it better for our gamefowl .We should not ever feed more than 18 % protein to our game fowl.Higher protein than that, they grow to fast and make their bones not developed in a normal way.
Abreu Iím aware of that my friend, the Catfish food is used in small amounts mixed in your regular feed mix for the animal protien that many poultry pellets do not contain anymore. Iíve been buying two Gamecock mixes and blending the two together but there pricey and the feed store is over an hour away weíre I buy it. So Iím back to mixing my own feed wich consists of Nutrena Nature Wise All flock pellets, whole corn, whole wheat, and whole oats and a little black sunflower and a little catfish pellets. Im using 6 parts pellets for all the nutrients and 1 part each of the corn, oats, wheat and half a part of sunflower and half part catfish food so you see there just a small amount in the mix. Like I said a little goes a long way,
I think using catfish food, sturgeon pellots or similar is good as additional food in the very first weeks and yes also in the moult period. But feeding very high protein food on a regular basis is not good and it will cause physical problems for sure. Just my opinion. Cat and dogfeed is also good but not that high in protein as fish feed. I also used turkey starter myself. It has a high amount of protein too. But as said limited quantities and not on a regular basis.
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Willem I know what your saying, but Iíve used Game Cock mixes and some use Fishmeal as itís animal protien and itís 60% protien but is lower down in the list of ingredients. Iíve never had a problem feeding these mixes as most are at 18% percent protien. I know plenty of Cockers who feed these Gamecock feeds and they were always very competitive and hard to beat when it was legal here in Az. and they had very healthy chickens that lived to normal lifespans. Thanks for the advice as this is what the Club is all about sharing our experiences to learn from each other.
i also was looking into the catfish feed as its more bang for your buck compared to catfood which is what i normally use. i feed tmc, scratch, and 30% catfood mixed all yr long and dont have any growth issues and lifespan is normal. have birds upwards of 10 yrs old and healthy as can be. its 15.00 for a 20lbs bag of catfood here. so the catfish feed is looking pretty good. at 14.00 for 40lbs and is just a touch higher in protien so should be good replacement.
I use catfish food, Milo cracked corn and laying pellets mixed evenly and it's a 15-16% protein mix and they love it, my young free range birds I keep a pan full of catfish feed and Milo, I have not had any problems. Best bang for my buck.
Itís like disciple said, a little goes a long way. This stuff is good to enhance your feed if you are using a lower protein pellet/lay pellet without animal protein which they need imo...we feed high protein pellets that have animal protein and fat in them in our mix so we donít use the fish food, itís all about how much of them you use and what you are mixing them with. I like a feed mix no more than 16% myself, too much protein or vitamins will screw your birds up quick as far as performance. Always use anything like dog food, cat or fish food very sparingly as they arenít formulated for chickens and can have way too much of this or that in them, especially salt. Too much is always way way worse than not enough when it comes to supplements, vitamins or oils.