Protein content of grass (perenial ryegrass) & dandelion greens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by raindrop, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    Can anyone help me with this information? I am interested just for academic purposes. The goslings INHALE dandelion greens, grass in good too. The Purina flock raiser I am starting them on is 20% protein and they eat about 50% grass/dandelion greens and 50% flockraiser. The ducklings are eating about 10-15% greens and 85% starter. Just curious what their overall protein intake is, would like it to be about 17% at this point as I am not feeding for maximum growth.
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    It depends on the month of the year becasue the protein % varies with the age and height of the grass.

    Long story short, don't worry about it at all. Let them have all the grass they want. They aren't going to turn down the grain. It's there to give them the minerals your soil (and consequently your grass) lacks. Watching goslings tear up grass and dandelions (and today daisies) is an amazing site, isn't it? I could watch them just TEAR at it all day.
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I'm very inclined to agree 100% with greyfields but just out of curiosity, I decided to check if the USDA National Nutrient Database has anything on dandelion greens. They list the protein level at 2.7% [​IMG].

    Montana State U says of Kentucky Bluegrass, "the protein content remains high throughout the season, varying from 20 percent during spring growth to 10 percent upon maturity." That's not especially helpful and not your grass species . . . [​IMG]


    edited to say that Oregon State has perennial ryegrass at between 19% and 10.4% as forage.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2008

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