PROTEIN!!!PROTEIN!!!PROTEIN!!! (Please)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Stuby05, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Stuby05

    Stuby05 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am going to try giving my chickens extra protein, anyone have any suggestions of a quick easy source of extra protein I can give them? I am hoping this will cure my problem of feather loss/ possibly feather eating.
     
  2. cindy99

    cindy99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls like greek yogurt. [​IMG]
     
  3. trilyn

    trilyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is that what is covering the wattles on your avatar pic, love it! [​IMG]

    You can also use fishmeal, no more than 5-10 percent of your total feed, otherwise you'll get some really funky eggs.
     
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  4. operator16

    operator16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scrambled eggs, grated cheese, cut up left over steak, chicken, or other meat are all good sources of protein. Some folks like to give out some cat food since it's really high in protein. I haven't used cat food yet, but my chickens LOVE all the above items. My son even shot a rabbit, at most of it, and then put the bones out with the last bit of meat on them and they were picked dry by morning.
     
  5. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mealworms, scrambled eggs, . . . just about anything. My personal favorite is organic ground beef which I give them raw, just a small bit a couple of times per week in the cold weather when there's no bugs. You can use cat food but be careful of too much sodium.

    Another good option is to change their food to a higher protein food like Purina Flock Raiser which has 20%. I use it and really like it.

    Hope that this helps but also check their environment; ie, whether there's enough room for all the birds to not get crowded. Remember, minimum suggestions are just that and often the minimums don't work well.

    Mary
     
  6. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    What are you feeding them now? The easiest way to remedy a nutritional deficiency is to address it at its source. Supplemental protein will help in the short term if that is the problem but it's just masking the problem, which is a deficient diet overall, unless you remedy it forever. In other words, you need to pick something you can stick with forever, not just a quick short term fix as if they are protein deficient as soon as you quit giving them the extra supplement the problem will begin anew.
     
  7. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In addition to what everyone else said, you can get a small bag of "calf manna" or a similar product and add a small amount to your feed to post protein and other nutrients.
     
  9. cindy99

    cindy99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is that what is covering the wattles on your avatar pic, love it! [​IMG]

    You can also use fishmeal, no more than 5-10 percent of your total feed, otherwise you'll get some really funky eggs.

    Yes! LOL Mondays are yogurt day. [​IMG]


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  10. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love yogurt and cottage cheese; it is so funny when they eat it - they come to me and wipe their faces on my pants, and go back to eating...repeat. I end up covered in yogurt while they end up fat and clean.
     

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