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Alternative to fish meal?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by petitbleu88, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. petitbleu88

    petitbleu88 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in the process of mixing my own chicken feed, and the recipe I'm using calls for fish meal. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it anywhere. I've searched at local farmers' coops, and I even looked on the Fertrell site to see if there were any dealers near me, which there aren't. Is there a good replacement for fish meal that I can use in my feed? My proportions are as follows:

    Cracked corn: 50%
    Split peas: 20%
    Whole oats: 20%
    Poultry Nutri-Balancer
    Kelp meal: 1%
    Salt
    Free choice oyster shell

    The chickens are in a tractor with a run, and we move them regularly so they do have access to grass and insects.
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I'm assuming the fish meal is for protien. In that case, soybean meal would work.
     
  3. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes...But wouldn't it be an animal protein rather than a vegetable protein?

    I would think it would bring different "stuff" to the feed...Right?
     
  4. petitbleu88

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    Since I'm already using split peas in my feed, I'm wondering if using another bean would be appropriate. I would also prefer to do without soybeans in any form if possible. My dilemma is mostly that I can't seem to find food-grade fish meal. If anyone knows of a good source (I live in a very rural area, so I prefer to do most of my shopping online if possible), that would also be very helpful.
     
  5. Chris09

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  6. petitbleu88

    petitbleu88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the link! That's really helpful because I couldn't seem to find it at any of the feed stores near us, and getting anywhere out here is a big deal--45 minutes to the closest grocery store. I have a small flock (7 hens and a rooster), so I only need a small amount of the kelp, making shipping costs less relevant.
     
  7. petitbleu88

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    Oh, sorry, I meant fish meal! Thanks again.
     
  8. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You said feed store. Are you saying store or mill. Do you have a mill near you? The mill would carry more feed supplies then a "store" would.
     
  9. galanie

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    Of course I'd consider fish meal better than soy, but you did ask for an alternative to fish meal.
     
  10. petitbleu88

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    By "feed store" I meant farmers' coop. We have several of those in the area, but none of them carry fish meal, which I found odd. To my knowledge there are no mills near me.
     

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