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How much protein does a chicken need in a day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Atl_Mom, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Atl_Mom

    Atl_Mom New Egg

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    I'm going to get away from soy (because of the phytoestrogens) in chicken feed and in my food. The one brand of soy-free laying pellets that I found has aluminum in it. That's no good either. My idea is to feed an organic 5 grain scratch and superworms for protein. They also free range and get fruits/veggies and some leftovers. So, I'm trying to determine how many superworms to give them everyday to meet their protein needs. I only have two hens.
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what superworms are but imagine that they are a mealworm. There might be protein info out there on mealworms.

    The minimum crude protein requirements for pullets usually read something like:

    0-6 weeks 20%
    6-14 weeks 16%
    14-22 weeks 12%

    laying hens 16%

    Poultry Science, Mississippi State University

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  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I often overlook the title of a post [​IMG]. . . sorry.

    You were asking, "How much protein does a chicken need in a day?" Not, what percentage protein should her feed be [​IMG].

    "Research indicates that light breed hens require at least 17 grams of well-balanced protein per day." my emphasis
    Alabama Cooperative Extension System

    They are talking leghorn types.

    Steve
     

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