Protein deficient feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by VanUnamed, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. VanUnamed

    VanUnamed In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    I went to a local feed mill, asked for pellets, they have this recipe

    60% corn, 20~30% wheat, 5% soy meal, 5% sunflower/field peas + added vitamins.
    This is a feed for turkeys, they claim 21% protein but my math says 11.5%.
    Am i wrong?
     
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    What form is the wheat in? That can make a difference.
    ETA I get 14.3%
     
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  3. VanUnamed

    VanUnamed In the Brooder

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    Is that a bit low for growing chickens? even if I feed more? I have no idea what form of wheat it is, groundwhole wheat but i dont know if it's winter wheat, likely not durum.
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Is it cheap for a reason? Do they assay every batch? The suppliments should make up the difference, as chickens are omnivores and need amino acids balanced for them.
    Do you have state poultry experts available? A veterinary school? If yes, ask there.
    Mary
     
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Yes, 14% protein is too low

    Can't help you with the math.
     
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  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    I wouldn't. Even with the added supplements, I don't like the protein level or the amount of corn.
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    It's hard to fix a bad diet with supplements, because you really won't know exactly what's missing, or what might be overdone in the diet. It's less expensive and often easier to buy good stuff in the first place.
    I have no idea what else is available for you!
    Mary
     
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  8. VanUnamed

    VanUnamed In the Brooder

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    Yeah, I was a bit weirded by the amount of corn.
     
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Corn is fine as part of a good diet, but of course it's only part of the diet! 'Unbalanced' can happen with any ingredient list, not done right.
    Mary
     
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  10. Timothy Menezes

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    Wow! They think 14% is anywhere near enough protein for turkeys? I wouldn't buy that stuff, way to much corn and way to low on protein. Stick with a trusted commercial brand or at least an actual feed mill that knows what their doing.
     

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