What protein % for meat birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by dipence71, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best % protein for Cornish cross meat birds.
    My first time doing "meat"only birds usually do DP's. [​IMG]
    Tried using search and stickies and couldn't find it after a while I gave up LOL. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    My local mill will be doing a 27% feed and wondering if this will be sufficient?

    Thanks in Advance!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest a feed that is 21-23% protein, strart to finish.
     
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    agreed. 27 is too high.
     
  4. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What can you mix it with to reduce protein?
    What about regular layer feed to the meat birds? I get a layer mash now that I feed my layers can they thrive on that?
    and not have to buy 2 kinds of feed
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I use Purina flock raiser 20% for all of my birds; chicks, layers & meaties.
     
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    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My local mill does not have flock raiser. They have layer mash and will be getting this Chicken 27% mix that is 27% protein.
    I will have to check Monday on what the protein is in the layer mash because I am not 100% sure. But I do know my ladies lay and seem to do better on it than on Nutrena(*?sp) layer feed and it is less expensive for a 50lb bag @ $9.50 than a 40lb bag of Nutrena @ $12.99.
     
  8. tgrlily

    tgrlily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2009
    East Syracuse
    Mine will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday or monday -- I'll have to check. I'm feeding Agway 26% game starter. This is my first time with meat birds. I've been feeding it to my regular chicks & using it to condition my adults for showing for over a year. So far, mine are doing well, show no sign of illness or injury and are humongous. I only bought 6 birds & plan on keeping it up then adding corn for the last 2 weeks.
     
  9. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    We use 18% starter/grower and switch to 20% layer pellets at around 3 weeks. I'd be willing to use something 20-25% as a starter, but our local choices are the 18%, or a 28%, nothing in between.

    Anyway, they do well on the 20% pellets and waste less.
     

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