Proper feather growth food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ambe0487, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of my flock is currently in their yearly molt and eggs are a distant memory. I'm looking for suggestions on what to serve my flock during this time to help build the best feathers possible.

    From my reading I see that feathers are mostly Keratin and I would think I should increase items high in this item during molt time. What would you suggest as top items? I've seen pumpkin, yogurt, whole grains, peanut butter, corn, animal proteins, and sulfurous items. Does anyone have a preference on theses items?


    Currently I serve my flock primarily Purina flock raiser (oyster shell available) but add in some Purina Game Fish chow once a day for a treat for the additional protein boost.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You're already doing everything you can. Keep up with the higher protein feed and keep low protein treats limited.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Just a tip........Do not add those fillers to the Birds feed....

    Grower Crumble during the molt will help with the feather growth......Then use the Layer again once egg production starts.......



    Cheers!
     
  4. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not consider whole grains, yogurt, animal products (presumably meat) or corn to be a "filler". When talking of animal feed, a filler is generally a non-nutritive item added to feed to create bulk or add fiber. Sometimes they're added to lower cost, sometimes to enhance/create a certain consistency or texture. Hulls, pulp, grain by-products, and by-products of milling or processing are common fillers.

    Whole grains are a great source of carbohydrates/calories as well as vitamins and minerals, animal products provide essential amino acids, yogurt provides proteins, calcium, fats. To label these foods as "fillers" is just plain wrong. Can feeding too much of them and in the wrong proportion create an unbalanced diet that is detrimental to the flock's health? Yes. But they aren't "fillers" by any means.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Pre-made diets have a Balance.......Anything added to the diet is a filler......Yogurt is no good...Chickens can not process the sugars in Dairy........

    Anyways, I was only trying to help......



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  6. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think we agree on the need for balance in a diet and, yes, pre-made feed offers that. I still think filler is the wrong choice of words. While there is no legal or industry accepted definition of "filler", the word has a connotation of meaning non-nutritive or included for a reason other than providing essential nutrition. If I feed my birds commercial layer but also toss them some mealworms and BOSS I'm definitely changing the balance of their diet but I argue that I'm not adding "fillers" in the generally accepted meaning of the word.



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  7. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Example of how I have been using these supplements: (They always have Purina Flock Raiser available in their feeder)

    This is for 13 chickens:


    This morning I threw a 6oz yogurt container of cracked corn for additional entertainment on the 5 degree day through out the run and coop.

    Mid morning I served another 6oz yogurt container with a mix of pumpkin meat, peanut butter, fish oil, crushed garlic and red peppers

    Before Bed they will get another 6oz container of cracked corn.


    I will alternate the morning cracked corn with Game fish chow (30% protein). every other day. Other days they don't get a mid day snack
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Do what you feel is right?

    The nutritional balance is not right at all.......


    Best of luck...



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  9. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your thoughts that I'm doing what I should for my molting flock. I appreciate you input as always Junebeggena!
     
  10. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your recommendations on what to do to help with high quality feather production.
     

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