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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:47 pm 
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I am after some advice on a feeding plan to get white leghorn bantams ready for the show season.

At the moment I am just feeding layer pellets, should I start feeding cracked corn and course grain or a wet mash? Or is there something better?

Is it true that feeding to much protein to leghorns will make their combs grow to large?

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1. Grains can help give them a bit of gloss. (sunflour, wheat etc)
2. small peices of Bread soaked in milk can work wonders for a show bird. Helps pen train them too.
3. Keep your roosters out of the sun, as they can go brassy
4. Protein will increase comb/wattle size, and could turn your bantams into monsters. Can do wonders also, if used wisely.

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Thanks Andy

Will the sun turn pullets brassy to, as I am not looking at showing cocks?

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drover wrote:
Will the sun turn pullets brassy to?


Only the neck and saddle feathers on roosters can sometimes turn brassy. Having said this, there are white genes in poultry that stay white, and birds that turn brassy without the sun (can be affected by feed also)

Your white pullets should be fine in the sun. On the other hand, blues & buffs will fade in the sun.

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what time do you start feeding them the grain to shine them up


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You usually start feeding the birds you have chosen to show atleast a month before the show date. My poultry a fed layer pellets, black sunflowers seeds, crushed grain mix and veggie scraps from the local fruit and veg shop all year round so they're always in prime condition year round.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:42 am 
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Hi Drover,

I breed leghorns and have improved their diet recently for the show season and upcoming breeding season. Their main diet is barastoc pellets golden yolk with the addition of grain (mix with cod liver oil) and grass everyday. I also put in their water apple cider vinegar with garlic which have good acids in it, also with trace minerals and vitamins. They are all now in great condition. grass is important in their diet to get the legs yellow and must be fed everyday.

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