Best protein for hens

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

  1. Iamjoemullins

    Iamjoemullins New Egg

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    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.
     
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    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    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

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    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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