what in laying pellets gives it the % of protein?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jim from Cincinnati, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Jim from Cincinnati

    Jim from Cincinnati Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Can anyone tell me ...or tell me where to look to find out what causes the percentage of protein in laying pellets? I have looked at the label on the bottom of the bag..but? thanks
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    Everything in it contributes to the overall percentage of crude protein. [​IMG]

    If you're asking what the main source of protein is however, it'll depend on the formulation of your feed. If you're feeding a commercial feed that is not specifically marketed as non-soy however, soybeans likely make up the bulk.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  3. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    Here is the % protein of common ingredients.


    Dried fish flakes 76
    Dried liver 76
    Dried earthworms 76
    Duckweed 50
    Torula yeast 50
    Brewers yeast 39
    Soybeans (dry roasted) 37
    Flaxseed 37
    Alfalfa seed 35
    Beef, lean 28
    Earthworms 28
    Fish 28
    Sunflower seeds 26.3
    Wheat germ 25
    Peas & Beans, dried 24.5
    Sesame seed 19.3
    Soybeans (boiled) 17
    Wheat bran 16.6
    Oats, whole 14
    Rice polish 12.8
    Rye 12.5
    Wheat 12.5
    Barley 12.3
    Oats 12
    Corn 9
    Millet 9
    Milo 9
    Rice, brown 7.5
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Plus, protein is made up of amino acids and different foods have different combinations of amino acids that make up their proteins. To get enough of the different amino acids in a large enough quantity, you need to combine certain foods or add certain foods. That's why people combine grains with legumes or add meat or fish. It's not just the amount of protein, it's the quality of the protein.
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:You have Sunflower seed at 26.3% protein and that is incorrect.
    In average Sunflower seeds like BOSS is between 14 to 16 percent protein.

  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Below is most common sources of protein in commercial feed.

    Protein/Amino Acid Sources
    A. Plant sources
    1) Soybean meal - Most widely used because of its ability to provide indispensable
    amino acids; high in digestibility and low in toxic or undesirable substances.
    2) Cottonseed meal:
    1) Generally not used for layer diets because of: a) gossypol, which can cause a
    mottling and greenish cast to egg yolks, and b) cyclopropenoic fatty acids,
    which can impart a pink color to egg whites.
    2) May be used to replace up to 50% of the soybean meal in grower poultry diets.

    3) Linseed meal - Can use a limited amount but may depress growth and cause
    diarrhea. Should not exceed 3 to 5% of the poultry diet.
    4) Alfalfa meal and corn gluten meal - Used extensively, both for their high content of
    carotenoids. Both should be limited to not more than 10%.
    B. Animal sources
    1) Fish meals - Often used at 2 to 5% of the diet, but high in fat & tend to create a
    fishy flavor in meat and eggs when used in larger amounts.
    2) Meat products (animal by-products, poultry meal, blood meal, hydrolyzed poultry
    feather) - Often economically priced, thus may replace an equal amount of soybean
    meal protein up to about 10% of the diet. Excellent sources of Ca & P.

    Below is a list of protein sources that can also be found in some commercial feed and some of the ingredients are common in home mixed feed.

    Alfalfa Meal -------------------------- 19%
    Barley Grain ------------------------- 12%
    Beat Tops (sugar) ----------------- 14%
    Black Oil Sunflower Seed ----------16%
    Brewers Grain (wet) --------------- 27%
    Brewers Grain (dry) ---------------- 25%
    Carrot (top) ------------------------- 13%
    Corn Grain Whole ------------------ 9%
    Cotton Seed Whole (solvent) --- 48%
    Cow Pea ----------------------------- 23%
    Distillers Grain (wet) -------------- 28%
    Distillers Grain Corn (wet) ------- 28%
    Fish Meal ---------------------------- 66%
    Maple Peas ------------------------- 22%
    Milk Dry Skim ----------------------- 36%
    Milo Grain --------------------------- 13%
    Peanut Meal (solvent) ------------ 50%
    Pearl Millet Grain ------------------ 13%
    Rye Grain --------------------------- 13%
    Tic Peas ----------------------------- 25%
    Wheat Grain (hard) --------------- 14%
    Wheat Grain (soft) ---------------- 12%

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011

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