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Has anyone ever given their chickens Calf Manna mixed with their feed? Would it help with egg production and health? Is it worth its price? Thoughts and opinions?

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Its a decent product, at one time it was one of the better supplements on the market of livestock but over time they took the animal proteins out (whey) and since then there have been some equal and better products coming out in the market.   

 

It could help with egg production and over all health depending on what your already feeding.

If your feeding the average backyard chickens and feeding them a feed that is say 16% protein then you might be better off just feeding a little better feed that's 18 to 20 percent protein. It would save you some money.

 

If you do feed this just remember a little go's a long way.

It is 1 tablespoon per day per bird or 5-10% of the ration. (That would be 5 to 10-lbs. of Calf Manna to 90 to 95 lbs. of there regular feed).
 

 

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Its a decent product, at one time it was one of the better supplements on the market of livestock but over time they took the animal proteins out (whey) and since then there have been some equal and better products coming out in the market.   

 

It could help with egg production and over all health depending on what your already feeding.

If your feeding the average backyard chickens and feeding them a feed that is say 16% protein then you might be better off just feeding a little better feed that's 18 to 20 percent protein. It would save you some money.

 

If you do feed this just remember a little go's a long way.

It is 1 tablespoon per day per bird or 5-10% of the ration. (That would be 5 to 10-lbs. of Calf Manna to 90 to 95 lbs. of there regular feed).
 


I must second Chris09's post.  At one time Calf Manna was the best and really the only feed supplement for poultry.  You could also look at Pig Chow or Swine feed.  It has the Animal Protein in it that the PC crowd caused to be removed from retail or backyard chicken food.

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Alright. Thank you!

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This is something I just started using the past month instead of just plain feed.  I do a mix.  The majority of my feed mix is regular chicken feed, scratch grains, then reduced amounts of boss, oats, sweet feed, alfalfa pellet, and a little calf manna.  They seem to lay more now but that could be due to the weather warming up some.  When I mix it up and bag it I think I end up with about $13.50 per 50lb bag.  Cost a bit more than regular feed but we will see if it is better.

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I give as a supplement to my chickens,ducks,geese, guineas, and peas.  It works well for me, just don't overfeed it.

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I should also add that if your looking to boost over all protein percentage this is not a supplement for that.

 

Example being if your feeding a 16% protein and add the max amount 10% calf manna to your birds diet your feed is still only 16% protein.

 

16% protein (your poultry feed) ÷ 100 lbs = .16

25% protein (calf manna) ÷ 100 lbs = .25

 

.16% protein x 90 lbs = 14.4% protein

.25 % protein x 10 lbs = 2.5% protein

 

14.4% protein + 2.5% protein = 16.9% protein


Edited by Chris09 - 2/25/16 at 5:31pm

 

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George Washington

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Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


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George Washington

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post #8 of 8

If you need to add a supplement to your base diet, then there's a problem with your base diet.  Calf Manna is good stuff,  but shouldn't be necessary.  An 18 to 20% all flock diet will be fine, and not need additions.  Mary


Edited by Folly's place - 2/25/16 at 6:08pm
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