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How many GRAMS of Protein do layers need per lb per day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Backyard Farm, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    Does any body know how many grams of protein a laying hen should have each day based on her weight?

    I know the formulated feeds have usually 16 - 17% but wondering about grams per lbs.

    I have access to out-dated Boost Nurtrition drink. Wondering about feeding some to my fluffy-butts

    Thank you
     
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  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why not get a pellet for layers, I believe Layena is a 19% protein but also has vites, calcium and other things like oyster shell.

    I feel that hens should have endless pellets or feed in front of them everyday. If you have a feeder, and pellets, you will not have much waste.

    (as for Layena, this is what I use, not available in some areas)
     
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Layena pellets are 16% protein where I live.
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about nutrition drinks but:

    "Heavy breeds require about 24 grams of well-balanced protein per day for maintenance. Dual-purpose breeds require a level of protein between the light (17 grams protein per day) and the heavy breeds."

    Take a look at Table 2 to see "how hens use their daily protein intake for various body functions."

    Poultry Science, Auburn University

    Steve
     
  5. Backyard Farm

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    thanks digits....

    that is exactly what I was wanting to know...[​IMG]
     
  6. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Layena for my layers
    but also give them once a week Yogurt
    they love it , my layena has 16 % protein.
     
  7. Backyard Farm

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    yes, mine love yogurt too... and it is supposed to be very good for them.
     

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