Alder Burns wrote: I think that most grains and other dry feeds are labeled as to protein (and other nutrients) as a percent per weight.
Guerric Kendall wrote:I've noticed that before with amaranth, but never thought it odd?
Include amaranth leaves as higher in protein than seeds, and both directly relate to chickens, so there's no mistaking it with ruminant percentage.
....Perhaps chicken food is better when it isn't boiled?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:From a purely filisofical point of view, protein percentages strike me as something of concern to mega-farmers that treat animals as comodities or as cogs in a machine. As a sustenance farmer, it's not feasible for me to know much at all about what the free-range chickens are eating. They eat what they want when they want. Percent protein really only becomes an issue when I am confining the birds to a small cage, and the only food they have access to is what comes out of a commercial feed bag. The more critical question in my mind, is do the birds look healthy? Are they getting sufficient calories, minerals, proteins, and fats to look and act healthy? That information doesn't come from a nutrition label, it comes from careful observation of the birds and their behavior.