Extra Protein Needed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ericasl, May 12, 2008.

  1. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    I got some hens months ago that look a little rough, they must have been with a over active roo. These girls have been debecked and they were only being feed corn. They are really nice girls, I have been feeding them 20% laying crumbles, they get some BOSS, I also have been giving rooster booster vitamins, they also get yougurt. What else can I give them with more protein cat food is very hard for them to eat because they have been debecked. I was just hoping they would be looking better by now. I have checked them for bugs, and see nothing. I just wish they would grow feathers back. Poor girls look bad enough without beaks, wish they had wonderful feathers to make up for it. Just wondering what I could do to help them out?
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    If you have extra eggs you could boil it for them and then chop them up and feed.
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    you can also feed them some dry cat food for extra protine.
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    A 20% protein level is already awful high in my opinion. You just need to be patient, some don't grow there feathers back until they moult. One thing you can do is supplement black oil sunflower seeds to help out. Good luck!
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You've looked to see if any of the feathers *are* starting to grow back? I wouldn't necessarily worry unless I saw zero sign of any replacements coming in. It just does take time [​IMG]

    If you have to 'up' a chicken's protein, I feel a lot better about feeding them bits of actual meat, or cooked cut-up eggs, than feeding catfood which has a whole lot of stuff that's just make-work for their kidneys.

  6. I'd stick with the the feed you are feeding and just make sure they have access to it all the time, they will recover.

  7. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Songster

    Sep 9, 2007
    middle Tennessee
    fryed hamburger and scrambled eggs will have them glowing in no time.
  8. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Songster

    May 12, 2008
    poor hens! I have two comets that are in similar shape, I figure they'll be fine once they molt...but being debeaked makes them look pitiful!
    Last edited: May 13, 2008
  9. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Just so all you folks know, too much protein is bad for your fowl. For standard breeds, you should never be over 18% after they are grown, and even that is high. JMO
  10. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    well ive always fed 20% layer feed.

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