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Protein content in chicken feed ingredients

So you want to make a homemade starter/grower feed 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 feed contains?

The chart below lists the percent protein in each of the main ingredients of chicken feed:

Ingredient
Percent protein
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 and beans, dried
24.5
Sesame seed
19.3
Soybeans (boiled)
17
Wheat bran and/or middlings
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
Milk
3
Whey
29 - 89

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.


This post is part of our Homemade Chicken Feed series.  Read all of the entries:



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