Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Flip-N-Flogging, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Flip-N-Flogging

    Flip-N-Flogging Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2011
    What is the difference between 16% and 22% Protein feed?
  2. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
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  3. mame1616

    mame1616 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2008
    Middletown, NJ
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    From what I understand, the 16% is just the industry standard for laying hen feed. Since I have mainly LF, and all of them are heritage, either dual-purpose or meat breeds, I give mine 20% as their regular feed. For the big fall molt, when they are all competing for the most horrifying looking bird, they get tree or four bags (in a row) of 26% to give them a boost to regrow their feathers. Good question, though - I had the same one for a long time before anyone could tell me about the different feeds. I finally met up with a knowledgeable Purina rep, and she helped explain it pretty well. Subsequent conversations over the years with breeders and other feed reps have supported her information.
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Quote:I'll bet you're a whizzz at chicken math! [​IMG]
  5. omegorchards

    omegorchards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jokes aside a very general rule is to feed mature birds 16% and growing birds 22%.
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
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    Read my mind, he did!
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    It is the balance of amino acids rather than crude protein that is important to the hen. The tags are showing the measurement of balanced protein. The hen can use that protein even if it is from a vegetable source. These days, she isn't going to get much in the way of animal protein. It is just too expensive [​IMG].

    If the oil is taken out of soybeans, the meal that remains may have 50% protein but that's crude soy protein. The hen can't make use of it without the amino acids that are missing coming to her from somewhere else.

    I was curious what the protein level is for cornmeal after corn oil is taken from it. Don't know but if the oil amounts to about half the weight as in soybeans, then an 8% protein corn would become 16% protein defatted cornmeal. Still, you probably couldn't balance the soymeal 50-50 with cornmeal. Coming up with the correct formula is why the animal nutritionist makes the BIG buck, right [​IMG]?


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