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What does the " % " on the chicken food bags mean? ( 20%, 24% etc)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, May 31, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I have Dumor 24% chick starter. I dont know what the percent number means.

    Is 24% ok to use for 13wk olds?
    Last edited: May 31, 2008
  2. birdnutz

    birdnutz Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    Thats the protien content of the feed.
  3. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Actually you should be feed the grower/finisher from about 8weeks-16 weeks. Then the layer feed (assuming they are layers) at 16 weeks. It has calcium to help make the egg shells hard.
  4. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Just look at the back of the bag it tells you exaclty what feed to feed at a certin age.
  5. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    South GA
    Hens need 15% or less protein in their feed. Thats about what laying mash has. Crack corn has about that much too, but laying mash has more vitamins and stuff in it.[​IMG]
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I use a 20% chick starter and grower up to 18 weeks. Since mine free range and such... I find lower than 16% results in my birds eating each others feathers. If it's winter and I feed corn, I get the 20% layer supplement for their daily ration.

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