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I was advised in another thread to add additional protein to my chickens' diet. They are currently eating Layena and scratch with a few treats thrown in. What can I feed them in order to provide extra protein? They aren't getting any scrambled eggs as that's what our problem is, very low production right now.

I'll also be changing our supplemental light to morning rather than evening.

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post #2 of 55

They can eat leftover meat and fish... I mix my own feed and incorporate fish meal for protein.  My girls love meal worms, eggs any style, and canned salmon and tuna.  (I get the no-salt kind)  Some people on the forums use cat food for extra protein, but others have expressed concern that it is too salty and not good for them.

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Originally Posted by Chicky Joy 

I was advised in another thread to add additional protein to my chickens' diet. They are currently eating Layena and scratch with a few treats thrown in. What can I feed them in order to provide extra protein? They aren't getting any scrambled eggs as that's what our problem is, very low production right now.

I'll also be changing our supplemental light to morning rather than evening.


Well.. the FIRST thing to do is to stop DEcreasing their current protein, so stop giving them scratch and "extras" that you are not sure are quality & packed with protein.

If they still need a supplement after THAT you can feed fish meal, or a good mix of whole grains, alfalfa, or you can sprout some seeds if your interested in that.

You can also try adding Flock Raiser to your routine and providing some oyster shell on the side as well, since you have access to Purina feeds.

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Like DawnSuiter said "stop DEcreasing their current protein, so stop giving them scratch and extras" ...
I think fish meal is one of the best ways to increase your protein. If you cant get fish meal you can use this ...

*Remember that a egg is around 70% water so if there not drinking water there egg production will be down....*

Chris

 

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Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #5 of 55
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Originally Posted by Chris09 

Like DawnSuiter said "stop DEcreasing their current protein, so stop giving them scratch and extras" ...
I think fish meal is one of the best ways to increase your protein. If you cant get fish meal you can use this ...

*Remember that a egg is around 70% water so if there not drinking water there egg production will be down....*

Chris


WOW..protein powder is pricey! I just started selling small 2lb packs of fish meal for $3 and I was worried that seemed like a lot.

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WOW..protein powder is pricey! I just started selling small 2lb packs of fish meal for $3 and I was worried that seemed like a lot.


Wow that is a hefty price for Fishmeal.  I was just quoted $1225/ton ($0.6125/#) for Special Select Menhaden Fishmeal for some feeds I am planning to make.

Jim

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post #7 of 55

I use game bird feed, which costs the same amount per 50# bag and usually runs around 24% protein, with comparable minerals and vitamins. You can either go halfsies with it, mixing in with your Layena, or you can give it to them straight. I usually mix it in as a supplement- it goes down well with a molt!

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post #8 of 55

Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay :

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Originally Posted by DawnSuiter 

WOW..protein powder is pricey! I just started selling small 2lb packs of fish meal for $3 and I was worried that seemed like a lot.


Wow that is a hefty price for Fishmeal.  I was just quoted $1225/ton ($0.6125/#) for Special Select Menhaden Fishmeal for some feeds I am planning to make.

Jim


Thats a nice price, a few dimes per pound less than I'm paying, but I am not buying a ton at a time either.  That stuff is very stinky if you didn't already know, hope you have someplace away from the main thoroughfare to store it wink

I think I could probably get my price down a little bit, trying to make sure I can get enough to cover the cost & packaging....


Edited by DawnSuiter - 12/1/09 at 4:21am
post #9 of 55
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Originally Posted by DawnSuiter 
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Originally Posted by Chris09 

Like DawnSuiter said "stop DEcreasing their current protein, so stop giving them scratch and extras" ...
I think fish meal is one of the best ways to increase your protein. If you cant get fish meal you can use this ...

*Remember that a egg is around 70% water so if there not drinking water there egg production will be down....*

Chris


WOW..protein powder is pricey! I just started selling small 2lb packs of fish meal for $3 and I was worried that seemed like a lot.


Just a little pricey but it is more than just fish meal.. I got some from a different company and if I remember right there is meat/bone meal, fish meal amino acids the whole 9 yards..
The 90% Protein pill is what costs..

The last time I got fish meal I think it came out to being $1.00 a pound....

Chris

 

NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #10 of 55

If you can get layena you can get purina Flock raiser.  That is 20% protien.

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