# chick starter protein percentage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joe17, Sep 12, 2010.

1. ### joe17Songster

Nov 25, 2009
Louisiana
I just found out that my feed store has game bird starter which is 30% protein. I have chickens and wanted to know what is the highest protein percentage I can give to my chicks? The reason I want to give them game bird feed is because of the animal proteins. I planned on mixing an 18% chick starter and the 30% game bird starter to give me 24% chick feed. What would the average protein be if I mixed 75% of 18% protein feed and 25% of 30% protein feed? I am not very good at math lol and I know this is confusing! I think that if I mix 75% chick starter and 25% game bird feed then I would have about 21% protein average. Am I right? Should I even go through the hassle of mixing?

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2. ### galanieTreat Dispenser No More

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I'm not good at math either but I imagine if you added 18 three times and 30 once, then divided the total by 4?

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84/4 = 21

I'm sure a math person will correct this if it's wrong.

3. ### joe17Songster

Nov 25, 2009
Louisiana
I did, on a calculator, .25 X 30 = 13.5 and .75 X 18 = 7.5 then 7.5 + 13.5 = 21%

4. ### joe17Songster

Nov 25, 2009
Louisiana
Okay, if I bought 50 lbs of 18% chick starter, I would have to add ABOUT 15 lbs of game bird feed to make it 21%, right?

5. ### galanieTreat Dispenser No More

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My experience is that often people won't answer unless you're wrong. So since no one has disagreed yet, either no one knows or we're right

6. ### jerseygirl1Crowing

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Quote:My thoughts also!

7. ### joe17Songster

Nov 25, 2009
Louisiana
hahahah So I guess we're right!

8. ### Olive HillCrowing

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Yes, you're right. But here's my question, why are you mixing? There are lots of chick starters on the market that contain animal protein, in fact, Purina's SunFresh Recipe is the only commercially bagged feed I know of that doesn't contain animal proteins. Have you read the ingredients of the chick starter you have? If it doesn't have animal protein and you want animal protein just go buy a starter that does, save yourself the hassle of mixing.

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9. ### Olive HillCrowing

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Quote:Missed this one. You're right on the overall CP with a 25/75 mix of 18/30 feeds, but you want 16.7 lbs 30 to make up a 3 parts to 1 part ratio.

10. ### Chris09Circle (M) Ranch

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Quote:Kalmbach and Hubbard Feeds also doesn't contain animal proteins.

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