Chick starter/grower: Different protein levels based on type of breed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by annagoodspeed, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. annagoodspeed

    annagoodspeed Chirping

    Jan 24, 2017
    Central Idaho 3000 ft
    Hi All,

    I will be raising two breeds of chicks this spring, Langshans and Svart Honas.
    I have been reading about optimum protein levels for chicks, and mostly it goes towards a higher level of protein, with a lot of mentions of supplementing with, or completely feeding a high protein game bird feed.
    I got to thinking about what I had read when I got my dog, a toy breed, and how most feed recommendations said to feed large breed puppies a lower protein level so as to not outgrow their developing bone structure, and a higher one for the small breeds.

    Would the same hold true for the Langshans and Svart Honas? For the Langshans, would you want to start out high with a starter, go low for a grower, then back to an optimum higher protein level as a adult feed, based on what exhibitors feed? Or go with a lower level throughout the growing period? They are slow maturing, and the UK Croad Langshan site recommends the lower protein grower route, and since I want to emphasize strong healthy leg structure to support their weight, maybe that would be the best way to go about it? If so, what percentage protein would I want?
    The Svart Honas are a landrace and so much smaller, it seems that they should go with the high protein game bird direction?
    The fun part is that I am planning on running them together when growing out. I could keep them separate from hatch for a while, how long do you think?
    Let's see how complicated I can make this......:D

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
    Everyone has different opinions on this topic. I would go with what your birds respond best to and what fits your budget. Good luck
  3. annagoodspeed

    annagoodspeed Chirping

    Jan 24, 2017
    Central Idaho 3000 ft
    If I only knew what they respond to best! Too newbie to know. Haha.

    I found the Livestock Conservancy heritage breed feed recommendations, they said that the newer layer breeds are selected for performance with a lower protein level feed, and so they had all old breeds with higher levels. I will go with that.
  4. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Songster

    Oct 16, 2015
    Did you source your birds from a hatchery or a breeder?

    If you went the breeder route, look to them for guidance. They will know best how their birds respond to different rations.

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