molting,how much protein.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bucky52, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are molting.i'am still feeding them layer.also I give them a cup of freeze dried meal worms twiced daily,black oil sunflower seeds,and scramble eggs three times aweek.i have a total of ten hens.ages range in 6 months to four years of age.how much is to much.and is that enough.some are in a heavy molt.and the younger ones I see a feather or two.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    The 6 month olds are not likely to molt this year. IMO, the ones in molt shouldn't be getting layer feed. Too much calcium for a bird that doesn't have to make egg shells every day.
    I always recommend more protein during molt but it is possible to give too much protein. I'd probably cut back a little.
    You don't say how much BOSS they're getting but I'd probably halve the protein sources you're giving.
    Better yet, switch to a grower feed, cut way back on the protein and give oyster shell in a separate container for those still laying.
     
  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks.they get a cup of BOSS mixed in their scratch once a day.i will pick up some grower for them.
     

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