Best protein for hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Iamjoemullins, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Iamjoemullins

    Iamjoemullins New Egg

    Jun 10, 2017
    I mix oyster shell in with the feed, I would like to know what everyone else uses or suggests... I don't believe my hens could be getting enough due to the fact I've experience some feather picking.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    You should never mix the oyster shell in with the feed...offer it in a separate dish on the side.

    Oyster shell is not protein.

    Do you also feed them a complete feed?

    How old are they and what size is your coop?
    How many?
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  4. Pensmaster

    Pensmaster Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 10, 2014
    Northern California
    I have started to grow some higher protein plants to give them as a treat with their pellets. The pellets I feed are 16% protein. Also the pellets/crumble probably have calcium in them so I give mine the oyster shell in a separate container.
    Lots of things to consider when it comes to feather picking. There's probably a thread devoted to it here on BYC
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Dry high protein cat food ......My Birds look fantastic and never pick....I toss out a couple of handfuls twice a week...
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