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Professor Crampton reports data on the relative values of various grains for feeding chickens. The chief differences in nutritional value are due to the quality of the protein. Also the mineral and vitamin portions of the different grains are important. With proper supplements in the form of protein, salts and vitamins, the different cereal grains studied were about equal in feeding value for poultry. The author concludes that a mixture of two or more of the cereal grains is to be recommended over the use of any one grain alone.
The Comparative Feeding Values for Poultry of Barley, Oats, Wheat, Rye and Corn: A Review and Analysis of Published Data. JAMA. 1937;108(25):2163. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780250077039
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