What ingredient(s) raises the protein % in Chicken Feed?

cwc362

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I know that corn and oats are not that high protein. What ingredient do the chicken feed people add to raise the protein percentage. I thought maybe soy , but thought some of you guys that are more knowledgeable could chime in and give me more info . Thanks in Advance
 

chickensforever

In the Brooder
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Soy products often have lots of protein, some are over 40% protein. There have been some recent concerns with too much soy though, so you might want to be a little careful (but I don't really know how to avoid soybeans - they're in everything!)
 

digitS'

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You can find out something about high-protein feed ingredients by looking at the Nutrient Requirements of Poultry, from the National Research Council.

Some ingredients with approximate crude protein might be:

soymeal 44%
cottonseed meal 41%
gluten meal 60%
casein 85%
meatmeal 52%
fishmeal 60% to 72%

Keep in mind that the amino acids will need to be balanced to gain this level of protein from those ingredients derived from plants. And, I don't really know how much of these ingredients should be used in a feed. In other words, I don't know if it would be wise to use these things to make up one-half, or one-quarter, or even one-tenth of your rations. These were just some of the higher protein percentages that I noted on the list.

Steve
 

CovenantCreek

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Here's a page with some feed recipes and explanations of why the different ingredients are used.

links_56 -- near the bottom of the page is info on the feed you're using, in addition to the oats and cracked corn they include wheat. (see "FEEDING FARM FLOCKS")
 
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digitS'

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Note that the Lionsgrip webpage is showing formulas from 1912 for a "farm flock" feed. Perhaps, it was meant that the birds were expected to free-range and have a chance to eat some animal proteins.

That would probably be the simplest way to increase balanced protein.

Amino acids were not even completely identified until the 1930's.

. . . just my 2 cents.

Steve
 

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