How much bread?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Swamp Roo, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    I can get access to a large quantities of bread. It's mostly wheat and multigrain bread. I plan on drying most of it and then making crumbs with it. How much can I "cut" my normal feed with it? I know that there are some variables, but what is a ball park figure? 10%? 20%? With the price of feed these days, every bit helps.

  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    I would like to know the answer as well.

  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I would like to know too. I've never fed my birds bread as feed. They do get some as a treat as it is one of their favorite.
  4. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I try to keep total treats to not more than 10-15% of the flock's total diet. If we assume each chicken is eating 1/4 lb per day (4 oz) , then the amount of treats (or bread in this case) would be 0.4-0.6 oz per chicken.

    So, multiply 0.5 oz X #chickens = weight of treats (bread) to feed in a day.

    I also feed a higher protein layer pellet - 20%, free choice - so that the low protein treats do not drag their protein down below the 16% recommended for layers.
  5. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    Bread should be reasonably high in protein (12 - 15%). Since you will be using mostly wheat bread, it shouldn't be just too far below the recommended % of protein for chickens. Another thing to remember is that bread contains many dead yeast cells, and they are an excellent source of a fairly well balanced protein. I would guess that if you are feeding a fairly high protein mash or pellets (18 - 20%), you should be able to substitute up to 50% of the total feed with bread. One thing you might want to watch is the sodium content. That might be the limiting factor. You will also need to make sure that they get adequate calcium, since the bread will be low in it compared to the mash.
  6. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    I had not considered going to a high % protein feed. It might cost more per bag, but if I can stretch it more then it might be cheaper in the long run. So what is the limit on sodium?


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