Adding fishmeal to FF to increase protein?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cutechick2010, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am feeding fermented whole grains to my birds now. The mix I have been using is adequate protein wise for my adult flock, but too low for growing chicks. So I got some fishmeal to add to the FF for the chicks, but I am not sure how much to add, per five gallon bucket. Can anyone give me hints on this? I am thinking there is at least one other person on here that does this, since I got the idea here. Thanks!
  2. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. BGMatt

    BGMatt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2013
    Battle Ground, WA
    No experience with fermented feed, but we use 3% (by weight) fish meal in our adult bird feed and up to 5-6% (by weight) or so in the chick feed. But since your mixture might be different nutritionally than others my data or anyone else's is just conjecture as far as proper nutritional balance is concerned. I will note that once you get them to adulthood we settled on the 3% number because anything more than that and customers said their eggs tasted different. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful but I tried. :)

    Edit: Also depending on where you get your fishmeal, and what type of fish etc it will have different nutrient content.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  4. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK, that gives me a ballpark anyway, thanks!!

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