Protein boost needed? I'm confused

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bekachickenborn, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. bekachickenborn

    bekachickenborn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggs? Meat? Sunflower seeds? What do you give your girls to boost protein? I think I may have one in molt, which is surprising in July? Maybe I'm wrong about that though.
    One of my girls is losing feathers on the back of her neck (I'm assuming molt) and I suspect she may be eating eggs. I don't know if these are signs of molting, boredom (others pecking her?) or protein deficiency. Thoughts? Suggestions?
     
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh dear, you need to work out if she is eating eggs because when they get into that habit it's almost impossible to cure so need to nip it in the bud quickly if she is.

    I give scrambled eggs when I want to boost protien if they are sick etc. my go to pick me up is scrambled egg, mixed with some cooked rolled oats and some of their regular feed. The rolled oats they love and they feed the good bacteria in the crop etc so they multiply so it works like a probiotic but I don't have to give them dairy or buy probiotic powder. (I know everybody does but as dairy is not natural in their diet and so doubt they have evolved to digest I always wonder how good it is to give it to them regularly)

    What do they normally get feed wise? How much room is there in their daily exercise run?

    I have one always molts on her neck but it's never just on the back, it's always right the way round.
     
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  3. bekachickenborn

    bekachickenborn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I've just noticed the behavior yesterday. Today I put the golf balls in and added a dish of oyster shell to the coop (as the shell remnants in the nesting box seemed thin). Hoping we can stop this problem.

    I feed them layer feed. They generally will get a treat of some produce everyday (kale, grapes, watermelon) Maybe I'll treat them to your recipe instead. They are about a year and a half old. This just started right after I started enclosing them at night after two of their sisters got taken by raccoons. Wondered if they were bored... Mysterious birds.
     
  4. bekachickenborn

    bekachickenborn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also. The run is about 12x12 feet for three chickens. I think that's enough room?
     
  5. PenelopeRose

    PenelopeRose Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed a problem w/ eating eggs and also thin egg shells right before a molt. Not sure if a coincidence or not BUT ...a poster suggested hanging a "curtain" in the nesting box and this totally stopped the egg eating - bizarre, I know but I think it has something to do w/ them believing their eggs are more protected / secure when they are "out of sight" w/ the curtain.

    As for increased protein, I've given eggs, nuts - UNSALTED (peanuts are the least expensive so I usually go this route), flax, any kind of unsalted seed, leftover ground beef or turkey (from the dog children's breakfast/dinner), soy, and edamame.

    Increased calcium: egg shells, oyster shell, shrimp/lobster shells - I bake these to get them crunchy and then break them up.

    Be careful with grapes. I know the seeds are not healthy for / contain toxins harmful to dogs - not sure they are safe for chickens.
     
  6. bekachickenborn

    bekachickenborn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Maybe I'll put some drapery up. [​IMG] dumb question...does one need to cook the meats prior to feeding them to the birds??
     
  7. PenelopeRose

    PenelopeRose Out Of The Brooder

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    I would cook the meat to avoid any issues. Meal worms / black fly larvae are also good protein sources.
     
  8. rooster 2011

    rooster 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heat will make them loose feathers especially in the warm summer months like this a recommend that you feed them meal worms because they contain 50% protein I feed mine meal worms when they molt and sometimes I spray poultry proctector spray in case it's mites making them lose feathers and not molting hope this helps
     
  9. bekachickenborn

    bekachickenborn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heat will make them loose feathers especially in the warm summer months like this a recommend that you feed them meal worms because they contain 50% protein I feed mine meal worms when they molt and sometimes I spray poultry proctector spray in case it's mites making them lose feathers and not molting hope this helps[/quote

    Thank you. I just gave her a good check over. No signs of mites and she looks quite healthy. I'm convinced this is molting or at least a partial molt. I gave them some cat food and I baked some nice meal worm Block this morning for them!
     

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