Protien percentage for meat birds.....

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cjeanean, May 11, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    what percent protien should I feed cornish crosses, and for how long??? I'm not planning to feed medicated feed, just whatever protien percent is necessary for meat birds. Thanks everyone!
  2. greentree

    greentree Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    I fed mine the Purina Flock Raiser, also called Meat Builder, the whole 6-8 weeks. It is 20% protein.

    The Purina poultry website is pretty informative!

  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Anything 20% plus will work. You will find broiler starter/finisher with is around 22% which you feed to them the entire time without having to switch. This means the birds never have a 'hiccup' while adjusting to a new feed.

    I would avoid a 28% ration since this could cause the growth rate to be too much, and Cornish Crosses have enough problems without pushing them to their upper limit.

    I also use Purina simply because of the Sun-Fresh recipe (no animal byproducts) which I find my customer's are satisfied with. In general, though, I don't think Purina will ever be as good as a locally milled product. Their lines tend to be to general as well. Just read the labeling on Flock Raiser. It almost sounds like an all-breed catch-all rather than something designed for broilers.

    I also have to supplement my waterfowl with brewer's yeast for niacin, since the Flock Raiser doesn't meet the minimum required ammount for growing birds.

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