Diet for molting birds


10 Years
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!
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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