Problems found for milo grain as feed????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by partimer, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. partimer

    partimer Out Of The Brooder

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    :)Howdy; Has anyone found problems with feeding milo grain in the feed??? and thanx At present I am mixing red wheat corn and milo. In an article about chick feed there was mention not to feed milo grain. WHY NOT????
     
  2. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    boy i dont , just a bumb as we have fed milo for ages, also grow for fodder in a field for chickens and calves to graze on
     
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  3. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my chickens some "scratch" as a treat in the am and pm. But the food they have in the hen house is a laying pellet I get from the feed store. My chickens have a "yard" about 40' x 60'. It is a electric fenced in area.

    I know people used to feed corn, wheat, milo to their chickens. I expect lots of eggs from mine, so I give them the pellets too. They also need oyster shell for calcium for the egg shells, and granite grit for their gizzards.

    Hope this helps.

    I will say this: My husband feeds his quail corn & milo, but then they don't live very long lives, so whatever is cheapest is fine for them,

    DonnaBelle
     
  4. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    Milo is a perfectly good grain to feed chickens as the hen scratch that I've mostly used usually contains about 50% chopped/cracked corn, prolly 35% milo and the other 15% is either wheat or oats sometimes both, just enough to say its in there usually.

    So its fine to feed as a treat as long as it is not the sole ration of the chickens diet, because it is only about 8% protien and not a very good source of vitamins/minerals that a chicken needs to be productive. It'll keep them alive but not a very healthy life.

    catdaddy
     
  5. Ronnie C

    Ronnie C New Egg

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    Is I feed my chickens half milo and half laying feed or half wheat and half laying feed would that be ok?
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Milo, wheat, corn, etc is typically 8% protein. Layer feed is typically 16% protein. If you mix 50/50 you must average the protein.

    Your result would be 12% protein.
     
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  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Some milo or feed grain is bred to repel birds. If you have ever seen a ripe field of milo during the fall black bird migration you can understand the farmers' need for bird resistant milo.

    Chickens btw are birds and avian resistant milo repels chickens, or at least that is the theory.
     
  8. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to see a scientific reference for that....I am unaware of the ability to breed for bird resistance.

    Clint
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    http://www.feedipedia.org/node/224
    See the section on High-Tannin or "bird resistant" sorghums.
     
  10. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!

    But I would wonder why those strains of milo would be included in poultry feeds because they can be identified.

    Clint
     

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