Food for non-free ranging birds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by babowman3, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. babowman3

    babowman3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 11 chickens. 3 Gold Orpingtons, 4 Golden Buffs, 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Easter Eggers. I can't let them free range due to predators. They are 2.5months old. Hatched Aug. 19. I curre tly feed them Dumor Finisher/Grower feed and I give them dried mealworms and whatever left over produce I may have. I've tried giving them a mix of seeds like sunflower pumpkin seeds, etc but they don't like it.

    I feed them 20oz of feed in the morning and night. And a handful of meal worms. They always act like they are starving. Is this not enough feed? I also saw they are having diarrhea and I read it's from too much protein. But they don't free range so I figured I could give them a little extra protein from the worms.

    This keeping chickens in a run is new to me. As a kid we had 40+ chickens that free ranged and never worried about their nutrition on my 5 acres. But. Bobcats and coons got to them. [​IMG]

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  2. OscarA

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  3. WaterfowlWierdo

    WaterfowlWierdo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 in every 7 bowel movements will be diarrhea like poop, are there still some solid droppings in the run?
     
  4. babowman3

    babowman3 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Yes I find solid droppings. All of the droppings in the coop is solid. Thanks for reminding me, today is coop clean day. ;)
     
  5. WaterfowlWierdo

    WaterfowlWierdo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their protein is probably fine then
     

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