1) What are the best ways to increase protein when adding carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes or turnips? In the "old" days per my old 1942 book on keeping poultry on scraps, where they were dealing with wartime rationing, there was a lot of fish scraps being cooked into submission and mixed with mash (don't really want to do that). Does one maybe switch to a game bird ration for a period time? Other supplement?
2) Unrelated question, probably answered here before but I can't seem to recall details - meat production data is straight-forward - you can weigh each bird. But what is the best way to track egg production (including beginning to lay again after moult) without trap nests? (I know you can track how long they are in mount and check pelvic spread, etc., but I figured the proof is in the eggs.) Perhaps if you have a sense of who lays what kind of egg, and the colors are different in a given coop? I saw a photo of a coop (sort of a "glamour shot," really), and there was this cute chalkboard with egg talley's for each (named) hen. I found myself asking "How on earth do they know?" The photo implied that each hen had her own nest (which doesn't really happen). It bugged me, and made me want to ask here again.
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