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Increasing protein in feed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SuseyQ, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you add supplements to your feed how much do you folks add?

    Also I will need to add protein to my 20.5% feed. Does anyone know how much protein (by weight) or volume that I should add per pound of food to increase the protein to about 28%. I know for fish meal they recommend 16# for every 50 pounds of feed. But I know I shouldn't add that much fish meal because I've heard the eggs taste fishy. Any suggestions/advice?

    Thank You,
    SuseyQ
     
  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it depends on the protein percentage of your supplement, then just do the math by weight not volume.
     
  3. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I'll have to figure that out.
     
  4. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's just simple math.

    I used to use 24% chick starter mixed equally by weight with 36% fish meal, that gives a 30% protein feed when mixed.


    Now I use a 28% that I can get directly from a local mill. saves me a lot of time and hassle!!
     
  5. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I had quail feed available locally with the amount of protein I need in it. Oh well I know I'll figure this out. I think the bags said to add 16# of fish meal for a 50 pound bag for 28%. But someone told me if I use all fishmeal for protein the eggs taste like fish.

    Thank You,
    SuseyQ
     
  6. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a local mill?

    Mine will do custom mixes on a minimum order of a ton, and the cost is only $400. That lasts me almost 3 months per ton.
     

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