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Higher protein food to replace lost feathers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shining, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. shining

    shining New Egg

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    My chickens have lost feathers due to mite and lice infestations. They do not look terrible, but could use a boost. I saw this product http://www.nutrenaworld.com/products/poultry/naturewise-poultry/feather-fixer/ and noticed it is higher protein to help chickens recover quicker after molt. I have not been able to find it in my area. Would any higher protein food help? Can you feed adults a 24% chick starter or would there be ill results? Thanks so much!
     
  2. SavageDestiny

    SavageDestiny Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    A 24% protein would be fine to feed when birds are in molt.

    I feed a 20% game bird feed to most all my birds and when in molt I add a bit of fish pellets to there feed to up the protein some.
    The fish pellet I use has both plant and animal proteins in it.

    Feathers are made up mostly of the protein β-keratin, lean meats and some fruits and vegetables naturally have β-keratin.
    Also try to stay away from ground beef, way too much fat.
     
  4. shining

    shining New Egg

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    Thanks to you both for your replies!
     

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