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How many GRAMS of Protein do layers need per lb per day?

post #1 of 7
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Does any body know how many grams of protein a laying hen should have each day based on her weight?

I know the formulated feeds have usually 16 - 17%  but wondering about grams per lbs.

I have access to out-dated Boost Nurtrition drink.  Wondering about feeding some to my fluffy-butts

Thank you


Edited by Backyard Farm - 4/1/09 at 3:37pm

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post #2 of 7

Why not get a pellet for layers, I believe Layena is a 19% protein but also has vites, calcium and other things like oyster shell.

I feel that hens should have endless pellets or feed in front of them everyday. If you have a feeder, and pellets, you will not have much waste.

(as for Layena, this is what I use, not available in some areas)

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post #3 of 7

Layena pellets are 16% protein where I live.

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2011 Flock = out of the egg business for now, just 1silkie, 1 JG, 1 OEGB, and 1 RSL
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post #4 of 7

I don't know about nutrition drinks but:

"Heavy breeds require about 24 grams of well-balanced protein per day for maintenance. Dual-purpose breeds require a level of protein between the light (17 grams protein per day) and the heavy breeds."

Take a look at Table 2 to see "how hens use their daily protein intake for various body functions."

Poultry Science, Auburn University

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post #5 of 7
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thanks digits....

that is exactly what I was wanting to know...smile

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post #6 of 7

I use Layena for my layers
but also give them once a week Yogurt
they love  it , my layena has 16 % protein.

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post #7 of 7
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yes, mine love yogurt too... and it is supposed to be very good for them.

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