Dried Distillers Grain (DDG) is anyone adding to their feed.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jaj121159, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read a study by the University of Georgia that adding 3% DDG to commercial poultry feeds will increase egg production and enhance the yolk color. Also adding 3% DDG to Broiler feed increases weight gain. The same study showed no increased performance by increasing the percentage above three. In Broilers, adding 16% or more actually decreased weight gain. Anyone doing this?
     
  2. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody have an opinion.
     
  3. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Looks like a winner -- as one of the studies pointed out, it's basically corn with some of the starch removed.

    I've been feeding my chickens spent brewer's grain, which is similar. In my totally unscientific, no-control -group experiment, they thrive on it. It probably only comprises 5% or so of their diet, though.
     
  4. NanetteG

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    I work at an Ethanol plant where we produce DDGS as a bi-product so I have it readily available. The local poultry farms is one of our largest buyers of DDGS. I am interested in feeding DDGS to my free range gals in the winter up here in Michigan. I would like to see what a good winter diet including DDGS would consist of. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Feed per egg produced really drops off in the winter here, I would like to be able to lower my feed costs. Keeping the girls happy & healthy is priority #1 though.
     
  5. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I first started this thread, I have had DDGs added to my broiler feed which I have custom ground. Since I did this, I am feeding less and getting more weight on my birds. I do not add it to layer feed however, simply because it is a pain to measure out 3% and mix it throughout the feed. If I had layer feed custom ground or had my own grinder/mixer, I would definitely use it.

    Where in Michigan are you from?
     

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