Diet for molting birds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cackilacky, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. cackilacky

    cackilacky Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello, I've got lots of molty chickens right now and was wondering if I should be supplementing their layer feed with a little extra protein. I was thinking about mixing in a bit of starter feed, but wasn't sure if this was a good idea. Thanks for any advice!

  2. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers! 7 Years

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    add either cat kibble
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Some people do add extra protein. I don't. I figure since they are not regularly laying an egg that is 2% to 3% of their body weight, they are using the protein that was going into the eggs to build their new feathers. Also, since their liver have to clear out of their system any extra protein they consume but don't need, I try to not overfeed protein. That's just my opinion. There are obviously many people on this forum that have different opinions.

    Good luck!

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