Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by josh, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. josh

    josh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    What to feed chickens for protein?
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Chicks will be fine on just chick starter, why do you think they need more protein?
  3. josh

    josh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    Because someone said more protein will help them lay better. They are not laying worth a crap.
  4. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    I get large crickets from the pet store when I want to give mine protein.
  5. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I've read that layers need a lower percentage of protein and too much protein can actually be bad for them. This is only from reading, not experience. Are your birds getting a whole, balanced diet and good light and space, etc?
  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Wait, this is confusing. Is the question about chicks (babies/youngsters) or adult laying chickens?
  7. josh

    josh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    laying hens
  8. baltimoreharps

    baltimoreharps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Cabarrus Co.
    For some additional protein, we've given them some scraps consisting of either a hot dog or even a left over pork steak.

    But the most effective we've found is low carb pasta. We bought a bunch some time ago (it as discounted to 10 cents/box) and were disgusted after the first box. We hung on to it and I was looking at the nutrition facts last week and it was 46% protein (26g per serving x 4 servings per box / total package weight of 226g).

    Layer pellets are 16% protein and the fish pond pellets (which I've heard is great for raising laying production) is 30% protein.

    The 46% protein low carb pasta is much higher and our hens LOVE it. We cook it and run cool water over it so its not too hot. I guess they think its worms because they do the Chicken Olympics for it (40 yard dash, wrestling and hurdle jumping).

    Since we started giving it to them about every 3rd day, they've been laying machines [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Lack of protein shouldn't affect laying, unless you are not feeding a balanced feed. Layer feeds are formulated to have everything a hen needs, except for oyster shell, which should be fed free choice. THere are lots of reasons why your girls may not be laying well....they could be in molt, something could be bothering them during the day (predator?) If you can give us more details, maybe we can help you figure it out.
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    How old are your birds and what are you currently feeding them?

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