Commercial turkey flock

Nutrient requirements of turkeys

The principles behind formulating turkey diets are similar to those for broiler chickens. Table 1 provides data on typical nutrient levels for turkey diets.

 

Table 1. Examples of turkey diets

Nutrients Starter
1
Starter
2
Grower
3
Grower
4
Developer
5
Finisher
6
Crude protein (%) 28 26 23 21.5 18 16
ME (kcal/kg) 2900 3000 3050 3100 3200 3300
Lysine (%) 1.70 1.60 1.50 1.30 1.15 1.00
Methionine (%) 0.62 0.55 0.50 0.47 0.42 0.34
Calcium (%) 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.3 1.0 0.90
Av.phosphorous (%) 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.40
Sodium (%) 0.18 0.18 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17

Source: Commercial Poultry Nutrition, 2nd Ed. S. Leeson and J. D. Summers. Pub University Books, Canada, 1997

 

For more comprehensive information on feeding guidelines and performance objectives for different classes of turkeys please see Aviagen Turkeys Document Library