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Problems found for milo grain as feed????

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:)Howdy;   Has anyone found problems with feeding milo grain in the feed???   and thanx  At present I am mixing red wheat corn and milo. In an article about chick feed there was mention   not to feed milo grain.  WHY NOT????

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post #2 of 16

boy i dont , just a bumb as we have fed milo for ages, also grow for fodder in a field for chickens and  calves to graze on


Edited by cw - 12/24/09 at 6:23pm
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post #3 of 16

I give my chickens some "scratch" as a treat in the am and pm.  But the food they have in the hen house is a laying pellet I get from the feed store.  My chickens have a "yard" about 40' x 60'.  It is a electric fenced in area.

I know people used to feed corn, wheat, milo to their chickens.  I expect lots of eggs from mine, so I give them the pellets too.  They also need oyster shell for calcium for the egg shells, and granite grit for their gizzards.

Hope this helps. 

I will say this:  My husband feeds his quail corn & milo, but then they don't live very long lives, so whatever is cheapest is fine for them, 

DonnaBelle

post #4 of 16

Milo is a perfectly good grain to feed chickens as the hen scratch that I've mostly used usually contains about 50% chopped/cracked corn, prolly 35% milo and the other 15% is either wheat or oats sometimes both, just enough to say its in there usually.

So its fine to feed as a treat as long as it is not the sole ration of the chickens diet, because it is only about 8% protien and not a very good source of vitamins/minerals that a chicken needs to be productive. It'll keep them alive but not a very healthy life.

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Maybe in about another 30-40 years I'll get this "being an expert" thing figured out by then. LOL
 
Still trying to practice Granny's advice 'if you don't have anything nice to say then keep it to yourself' LOL been at it for 45 years still don't have it down pat yet!
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post #5 of 16
Is I feed my chickens half milo and half laying feed or half wheat and half laying feed would that be ok?
post #6 of 16

Milo, wheat, corn, etc is typically 8% protein.  Layer feed is typically 16% protein.  If you mix 50/50 you must average the protein.

 

Your result would be 12% protein.  

 

 

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post #7 of 16

Some milo or feed grain is bred to repel birds.  If you have ever seen a ripe field of milo during the fall black bird migration you can understand the farmers' need for bird resistant milo.  

 

Chickens btw are birds and avian resistant milo repels chickens, or at least that is the theory. 

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Originally Posted by chickengeorgeto View Post

Some milo or feed grain is bred to repel birds.  If you have ever seen a ripe field of milo during the fall black bird migration you can understand the farmers' need for bird resistant milo.  

 

Chickens btw are birds and avian resistant milo repels chickens, or at least that is the theory. 

I would like to see a scientific reference for that....I am unaware of the ability to breed for bird resistance.

 

Clint

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I would like to see a scientific reference for that....I am unaware of the ability to breed for bird resistance.

Clint
http://www.feedipedia.org/node/224
See the section on High-Tannin or "bird resistant" sorghums.
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Originally Posted by Kelsie2290 View Post


http://www.feedipedia.org/node/224
See the section on High-Tannin or "bird resistant" sorghums.

Thanks!

 

But I would wonder why those strains of milo would be included in poultry feeds because they can be identified.

 

Clint

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