Using a supplement feed for molting chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blackswamp, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. blackswamp

    blackswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2012
    NW Ohio
    Last year my local co-op recommend Home Grown game bird & poultry supplement for my chickens when they were molting. What I did was mixed some in with there food & would put a small bowl of it in there run. It seem to help them with there molt but I just looked at the feed label & it is 36% protein.

    My question
    Is this to high of a protein for my chickens? Like I said I just mix it in there layer crumbles.& a small bowl in the run.
    My next question is I still have half a bag do you think I should get some new stuff or get a new bag if you think this protein isn't to high as a supplement?

  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2015
    SE Texas
    I would say the higher protein the better, because a chicken's feathers are mostly all protein. The general rule of thumb for supplements/treats for a flock is no more than 10% of their staple layer diet. You should of course already be supplementing their diet with free choice oyster shell for calcium. Hope this helps :)
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I feed Flock Raiser, with oyster shell on the side. It's fine for chickens of any age. Mary
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    36% is too high but if you mix it half and half with a 16% layer feed, that comes out to 26% so if you are also feeding things like scratch grains that may be OK. I think I'd mix it at of a ratio of 1:2 game to layer because 22% is more appropriate.

    It's not just the crude protein percent but which amino acids make up that percentage. An extremely high protein may be too much of the non-essentials and excreted as nitrogen producing ammonia in the bedding but more importantly overloading the liver and kidneys.

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