Extra Protein

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickrescue, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Chickrescue

    Chickrescue Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    Hi guys, girls and chooks,

    Me again, newbie from sunny England!!. I need more help - what would I do without BYC. One of my ex battery girls is very skinny, pale faced and laying no shell eggs. I understand that she needs extra protein to help keep her strength up during her moult. I don't care about the eggs - I just want my girl to be ok (after losing one a couple of days ago). I have read and found what i can, but i guess i just want some confirmation of some things:-
    Scrambled/boiled egg
    Black oil sunflower seeds
    Dry/wet cat food
    Peanut Butter
    Cottage Cheese
    Canned Tuna/Mackeral/Salmon
    Meat - which I don't know and whether its raw or cooked so need help with that one.
    Is there anything on here that some people would advise against? How much do I give? Can I over do it? Is there anything else I can do?

    AND - How often do I worm them? with what?

    Also how do I create a new page without going back to my initial confirmation email? It seems when i come on the the forum direct I can post a new topis? - so help on everything please!! xx
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    One thing that I just want to mention is that you've gotta watch salty things......I think maybe the canned fish might be a bit too salty for a chicken.......I heard they can get saline poisoning, and an acquaintance of mine fed one of her hens potato chips (I think you guys call them crisps), and the hen actually died from that.....

    The other things you have listed look great, although I've never thought to give my hens peanut butter......Not so sure about that...
  3. Chickrescue

    Chickrescue Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    Thanks, Ok, that makes sense yes. I've just looked at other topics and some have given them peanuts and raison (unsalted) and peanut butter on another!!. I've only had them for 5 weeks with 3 days notice that i was getting them (as they are rescued) so it been a very hard and fast learning curve. Any advice is appreciated. xx
  4. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2010
    Quote:I recommend a commercial layer mix 16% minimum protein.My chickens can confirm that dry cat food in small amounts is something they look forward to. I use it as a treat/supplement not a food. Too much can cause loose poo. I have never wormed my birds,some are 5 years old and still very healthy. Good Luck
  5. Chickrescue

    Chickrescue Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    Thank you, yes they are on a commercial layer mix and one is thriving but obviously its just not enough for the little one so I wanted to give her something to just give her a boost and help her. She is having some scramble egg and cottage cheese at the moment and thats going down well.
  6. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
  8. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    West Coast USA
    Welcome to BYC! I use mashed hard-boiled eggs and plain yogurt to build my girls up. I also add vitamins and electrolytes to the water, when I feel like someone needs an extra boost.
  9. Chickrescue

    Chickrescue Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    What are and do you add electrolytes? And is it special vitamins for chickens? Thank you for your help. x[​IMG]
  10. lightbread48

    lightbread48 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2008
    Thomasville Ga
    I have given my girls baby vitamins. The kind that comes in a dropper. I think they are usually grape flavored or something like that. Its just a general vitamin and it really seems to help them. I just drop it in their nice clean water container, and let them drink it up. I had a hen once that didnt act like she was feeling the best, so I dropped a drop in her beak once a day for 3 days. By the third day she was acting lively again. I dont know if maybe she just didnt feel good or if it actually helped her feel better. I am no vet, for sure, so no promises that this will work. I hope your girls get to feeling better

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