elevator screenings...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pozarnsk, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. pozarnsk

    pozarnsk Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question regarding feeding elevator screenings. I can get screening for about $40/ton at my local elevator for corn/wheat/barley etc.....

    Since this is almost free compared to the $11/50lb bag of layer/starter I am buying now, I was wondering how much you can replace/supplement to cut feed costs in thsi manner.

    Anyone have experience with this? I haven't been able to find any posts on the issue.

    Thanks,

    Jared
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    What would your protein source be? And would it be high enough to keep the hens healthy and producing eggs?
     
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  3. pozarnsk

    pozarnsk Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read that the chickens will balance their own protien, eating grains and then feed to make sure they get enough. I read this from the chicken guru Plamodan, don't know if its true.


    Thats why I'm asking here.
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    They can only "balance" their own protein IF it is available to them. Will your birds have access to other food sources?
     
  5. pozarnsk

    pozarnsk Out Of The Brooder

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    yes the idea is to provide them, screenings along with their regular feed in the hopes to cut down on consumption of the expensive stuff.
     
  6. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Be VERY careful with elevator screenings as they can have a high level of mycotoxins, especially if they have sat at the elevator for any length of time.

    Jim
     
  7. pozarnsk

    pozarnsk Out Of The Brooder

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    ok .... what in the world is a mycotoxin.....
     
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  9. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Mycotoxins are waste products from molds such as Aflatoxin, DON, etc. They can be very detrimental to livestock, even deadly.

    Jim
     
  10. pozarnsk

    pozarnsk Out Of The Brooder

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    did some reading, looks like the good news is poultry is much less suseptable to mycotoxins than other livestock such as swine, and cattle.

    Looks like as with everything else in life, there is no free lunch.
     

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