lower protein in the summer????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by best-nestin', Apr 30, 2009.

  1. best-nestin'

    best-nestin' Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2009
    Hi all!
    I went to my local IFA store today, and they told me I needed the lower protein feed for the summer, because of the heat. I have been feeding them the higher protein through the winter, and have been getting 6 eggs a day from my 6 chickens!!!!! Will the lower protein cause them to reduce laying?? Do I really need to reduce the protein content????
  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    What protein content is your "winter" feed? My TSC has just one type of layer crumbles. Do you feed corn scratch also? In the summer, my girls pass over the corn in favor of the other seeds available while free ranging. Extra protein is good for forming feathers during molt and promoting body heat. Perhaps that is your feed store's concern.

    Colby in KY
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    the ideal protein level is 16% the yr around
    th corn should be stopped
    I always fed sa feeder of whole oats with granite grit
    as well as a feeder if crumbles 16% protein
    the hens lay well on iot

    besure and mix the two kinds of crumbles when changing feeds
    it will cause the hens to quit slightly for a few days
    but if you mix the two half and half till the old is gone it will not make as much difference in their laying
    the less protein should mean less money for the feed

    get them on one feed and leave them
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    They need more protein when they're molting, to produce new feathers.

    Other than that, it kind of depends on what you're feeding them, besides their regular chicken feed. If they're getting any scratch or a lot of scraps that are mostly carbohydrates without meat, then the higher protein feeds help balance the protein level in the entire diet.

    Adding extra foods to the diet that are primarily carbohydrates, reduces the percentage of protein they are getting in their total diet, compared to eating the layer feed alone.

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