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Protein Percentage

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Paulup, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Paulup

    Paulup Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2010
    St. Tammany, La
    I've ordered my first batch of Cornish X from Welp and expect them this week or next, but I cannot seem to locate the recommended feed. My local stores have 16% flock/lay, 18% game bird starter, or 30% turkey starter. From what I've read here, everyone recommends 20-24% for the Cornish X. The 30% protein is cheaper then the 16%, so I'd rather not mix them for 23% unless it is necessary. Should I go with the 30% or should I be mixing feeds?

    I'm also all ears for any other advice you all might have. I took the time to read every post back to October looking for tips and whatnot, but I'm sure I missed plenty.

  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    Your best bet is to find a local feed mill within an hours drive. Most mills require 500 lbs... which goes fast with meat birds. However when doing this your going to get a better feed as it's fresher... and cheaper than retail. Most mills have broiler mixes already on hand and have a ingredient chart for the mix.

    Worse case situation... just go with the turkey starter and at about 5 weeks of age you can drop them to 16%. If the 30% is cheaper than I would feed this to them straight through.
  3. Paulup

    Paulup Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2010
    St. Tammany, La
    Thanks Jeff. There is a feed mill close to me, that might custom mill me some feed(qualityfeeds.com) but I wouldn't have a clue what to put in the mix. Any suggestions?
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Here's what I get made. It is 23%. I've had very good luck. Price is pretty good as well.


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