Food to help the molting process

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by familyfarm1, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    What is the best protein high food in your opinion to give to a molting flock. Also, my local feed store is TSC and they don't seem to carry BOSS. Where else could I get it?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I give my girls hard-boiled egg, shell and all, crushed/crumbled up real fine...they go crazy for it, gives them a protein boost. Also I give them black oil sunflower seeds...
     
  3. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some people don't agree with it but I gave my girls 4Health catfood which is 32% protein. I buy it for my cat at TSC. I also gave them cut up boiled eggs and cooked pinto beans.
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    OK, thank you I'll give it a go. I've heard a lot about BOSS and would like to try it, I really wish I could find it!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I feed my chickens a game bird grower feed when they're molting. It has 23% protein. Other things you can supplement them with include mealworms, scrambled or hard boiled eggs, and wet cat food. You may be able to find BOSS or a mix of it at a store that sells birdseed for wild birds.
     
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    My gals get a coarse grain FF as a base and always with a side salad [​IMG]

    Not only when they are molting they also get eggs (scrambled and boiled; I mash up the boiled eggs, shell and all), beef, tuna, chicken, mince and as a treat cheese (not too much; once a week). All of those would help during the molt process though.

    Some folks do not like to feed their chickens meat and I respect that; different strokes etc :)
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    When in molt you want to bump there proteins and to a point fats.

    Black Oil Sunflower Seeds will help with the fat but has a lot of undeletable fiber.
    A better way would be either offering Hulled Sunflower seeds/ Sunflower hearts, Hemp Seed, Olive Oil, Animal Fats or Full Fat Soybean/Whole Roasted.
    On a side note the Full Fat Soybean will also up the much needed proteins.

    For upping the proteins a good Game Bird feed that contains Animal proteins and one that is around 20% protein is great or even a good Meat based dog food like Bil-Jac is good to use.

    I myself, I use a 20% game bird feed as there regular feed all year round and that help a lot when molt sets in.
    When my birds do hit a molt I do add a good Carnivore Fish Pellet and Bil-Jac to there regular feed then I offer a vitamin/mineral mix in there water.
     
  8. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Mealworms, peas, meat scraps, eggs, oatmeal, quinoa, fish scraps, sunflower seeds and beans are all good protein filled foods.
     

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