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Protein content in chicken feed ingredients
So you want to make a homemade
or a homemade
layer feed, but you
want to be able to mix and match some of the ingredients in a similar
category. For example, you'd like to swap oats for wheat or fish
meal for soybeans. How do you know how much protein the finished
It's easy to determine the percent protein of your finished feed using this chart. For a 100 pound recipe, just multiply the percent protein of each ingredient (as a decimal) by the pounds of that ingredient in your recipe. For example, if you add 30 pounds of oats you would multiply by 0.14 and come up with 4.2. Add up the resulting numbers for each ingredient, and you have the percent protein of that batch of chicken feed.
If the percent protein in a recipe is too low, maybe you should back off on the ingredients at the lower end of the chart and increase the ingredients at the upper end of the chart. For example, cut back on corn and increase your soybeans. Soon you'll be making your own recipe using the ingredients on hand!
Once you've got the right proportions of food for your chickens, be sure to keep them healthy with our automatic chicken waterer.
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