Molting-using meat bird feed

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheTwoRoos, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    I have had many molting chickens,and i'm sure several more will be starting up.

    I was not sure on what to do,but I knew feathers needed protein. I had a choice between actual feed made for the purpose of molting,show bird feed,and meat bird feed.I believe my 1st option cost more,but I remember reading that meat bird feed had 22% protein ,and not only that it said many other things do to helping their health and immune systems (No one wants toe at a unhealthy bird).Now I do note at mine,but I defiantly want the to be healthy.I figured scratch,all flock (mixed with meat birds feed),and occasional meal worms would help feather growth,and figured they could all get a bit "fatter" during this period of lots of protein.

    What do you think?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Feeding a higher protein feed will help. Non medicated grower, an All Flock, or meat bird is fine. Don't add too much corn or scratc. You don't want fat birds as that causes more troubles than it helps.

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