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Too much of any one nutrient is harmful to the body, no matter what it is.  Even protein.  That's why a balanced diet is the most recommended.  Whenever increasing proteins it's always recommended to also increase crude fiber to help in metabolizing the rich diet of proteins.  Chickens aren't much different than humans or any other animal in regards to a high protein diet...those kind of diets are usually given for humans or animals that are doing some high performance activity such as exercising frequently and strenuously~hunting, racing, etc., for dogs and horses, high production~milking production for cows or putting weight on beef for slaughter, lifting weights, athletic competitions and training in humans.  Feeding these types of diets when there is not a need for that type of energy food can cause stress on kidneys and the cardiovascular system. 

 

If commercial chickens laying at an optimal rate, non stop for a year and a half, can do all that on a balanced ration of 15%-16% protein, any backyard flock can thrive on that also.  It doesn't follow that higher protein will give a higher egg yield or better health than the protein amounts to be found in a regular laying ration. 

 
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  Proverbs 12:10
 
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A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  Proverbs 12:10
 
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post #12 of 14
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HI Jak, thanks man in my case the higher protein feed is cheaper, weird huh? 

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thanks beekissed, well the feed I'm using seems to be increased everything not just protein, and I'm using it for chicks, pullets and roosters, my layers are on 16% protein and i like em there.

post #14 of 14

Ok, its HURL time.  That looks like an eye worm to these old peepers.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=byc+eye+worm&espv=2&biw=952&bih=959&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAr-2bm5HKAhWD1CYKHfiMAw8QsAQIUQ

 

Don't watch this video unless you have already ate your dinner or else if you are on a diet.

 

Eye worms are passed to your chickens through insects, so free range hens are more subject to this parasite than commercial chickens are. 


Edited by chickengeorgeto - 1/4/16 at 2:52pm
Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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