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Hi I want to know what is the right % of protein for chickens am feeding mine 16% pallets mix with 24% chick starter and am picking a lot of eggs but am not sure if its to much protein and my chickens might get sick can somebody help me please
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Hi I want to know what is the right % of protein for chickens am feeding mine 16% pallets mix with 24% chick starter and am picking a lot of eggs but am not sure if its to much protein and my chickens might get sick can somebody help me please


Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! For laying hens they should be on a 16% protein diet. You won't get them sick by too much protein you will just make them too fat to keep egg laying numbers up. They'll become a meat bird. Egg layers need wide hips yet lean.

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Agree with  Birdrain.  They also will benefit if you put out a container of crushed oyster shell.  If they want more calcium they will take it  freely.

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Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. X2 on Birdrain92.
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad to that you have joined us. 

 

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Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! For laying hens they should be on a 16% protein diet. You won't get them sick by too much protein you will just make them too fat to keep egg laying numbers up. They'll become a meat bird. Egg layers need wide hips yet lean.

I wish someone would have a word with my commercial dual purpose birds - "lean" - they don't know the meaning of the word!! :)

 

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:welcome

 

It looks like you've already received some good advice, so I'll just say hello and it's nice to have you here!

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