is it possible to feed too much protein?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chica-z, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. chica-z

    chica-z Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a BUNCH of fresh raw meat trimmings-is it possible for the girls to overdo on it? They go bonkers over the stuff! It's been frozen to kill parasites.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Give them a bit at a time and spread it out. If they eat too much of other stuff and not enough laying feed you will see your egg count drop almost over night.
     
  3. chica-z

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    Thanks for the response Miss Prissy- I was thinking that the increased protein would UP their production, not lower it. Thanks for the heads up-at least I'll know why I'm not getting eggs if I do feed too much of it!
     
  4. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, if your yokes start looking like steak, you'll know you over did it! [​IMG]

    I give my chickens all kinds of scraps and meat. I don't know how much of these trimmings you have, but a little every day probably wouldn't hurt. My chiclkens free range so it is hard to tell how much extra protein they get. I think a well balanced diet is key. Give them oyster shell to make sure the calcium is provided, and I don't think your egg production will be affected.
     
  5. chica-z

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    They don't look like steak, but I think the eggs have gotten bigger the last few days I've been feeding the scraps. And no decrease in production yet...
    When I say a bunch, I mean 4 deer carcasses (rib cages, leg bones). I took the small stuff and bagged it up for later in the winter, but now I have these carcasses for them to pick clean. My dear husband offered to cut them in half with an axe...there's a mental picture for ya!!!
     

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