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Selected Nutritional Requirements for Ratite Production a

Selected Nutritional Requirements for Ratite Production a

Diet

Age (mo)

Estimated Body Wt (kg)

Crude Protein (%)

Calcium (%)

Fiber (%)

Pre-starter

0–2

0.8–10.5

25

1.2–1.5

Starter

2–4

11–28

21.5

1.2–1.5

>4

Grower

4–6

29–52

17

1.2–1.5

>4

Finisher

6–10

53–90

13.5

0.9–1.0

Post-finisher

10–20

91–110

8.5

0.9–1.0

Maintenance

Mature

8.0

0.9–1.0

6

Breeder

Laying

14

2.0–2.5

8

aPortions reprinted with permission of Spix Publishing, Donnelly R., Clinical Avian Medicine, 2006.