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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

    Feb 26, 2012
    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

    Jan 11, 2014
    Bend, OR
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    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

    Feb 26, 2012
    Thanks to you both for your replies!

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