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30% Protein for X-Rocks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Salt and Light, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Getting my second batch of X-rocks tomorrow. The feed store only had 18% starter and 30% game bird starter.

    Is it OK to feed the x-rocks the 30%? Hope so, because I bought 50#. Maybe I should mix the 25# bag of 18% with the 50# bag of 30%?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

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    It may be a good idea to either jsut feed them the 18% until you can find the 22 to 24 % due to the fact that you really don't need to be changing their food supply. You need to start with one and stick with it to the end. PM Greyfields and see what he says about it, he definately knows more than me.
     
  3. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other comments, suggestions?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    30%? I would hate to see the price on that bag of feed.

    Stick with the 18%. Your cornish x meat chickens will be gone 8 weeks. Save the good stuff for stock you plan to keep around for a few years.
     
  5. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    18 and 30 is all the feed store had. I thought my chicks were coming today so I needed feed.

    I gone ahead and mixed the 25# 18% w/ the 50# 30%. Don't know what percentage that makes, but it is what it is! <smile>
     
  6. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    26% crude protein
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I would blend the 30% to get down to the 20-22% range.
     
  8. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just out of curiosity, what effects will the extra protein have? Also, why do game birds need higher protein? Just curious....
     
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I can't give the best answer here. I just recall that the game birds can actually utilize the extra protein % in the game bird feed, so they will benefit from it... whereas it's being wasted on chickens since they weren't utilizing it completely. I think that's what I remember anyway.
     

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