Adding protein

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nikkitiff, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. nikkitiff

    nikkitiff New Egg

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    I've been trying to figure out what I would like to feed. I would love a GMO & soy free Organic feed but so far Ive only found Organic or GMO free with the sometimes added soy free. For selling purposes I think I will stick with Organic feed. They both sell for about the same price around here.

    They all are at about 16% protein. I would like to add more. What can I feed them to bump up their protein while keeping them on the regular Organic layer feed I've been feeding them?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The organic should also be GMO free. How old are they? If they are laying eggs and none are molting, 16% is sufficient. You can add occasional meat and fish scraps or cottage cheese to up the protein a bit. For just a few birds, mealworms will add protein. Perhaps a can of mackerel or tuna occasionally. I really wouldn't shoot for more than 17% unless they start molting. For molters I up it to about 20 %.
    If you have oyster shell on the side, you can mix in a little higher protein grower feed. An 18% grower 50:50 with the 16 layer will give you the 17 and about 2 1/2 % calcium.
     
  3. nikkitiff

    nikkitiff New Egg

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    I thought I was reading on here that a lot of people use higher protein foods? Does a 20% hurt them?

    5 are 2 years and about 20 are just Begining to lay.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    20% protein wont hurt them at all.
    My birds never see a feed less that 20% protein and they do great on it.

    If your wanting to stay Organic/GMO Free/ Soy Free your going to have a hard time finding one that is a high protein feed.
    Most of the Organic/GMO Free/ Soy feed are low protein feeds that use very little if any animal proteins so you may look into getting a bag of Fish Meal.
    Fish Meal will not only add animal protein to there diet but also add proteins also.
     

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