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What the right % of protein for laying chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rhode IR, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. rhode IR

    rhode IR New Egg

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    Hi I want to know what is the right % of protein for chickens am feeding mine 16% pallets mix with 24% chick starter and am picking a lot of eggs but am not sure if its to much protein and my chickens might get sick can somebody help me please
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! For laying hens they should be on a 16% protein diet. You won't get them sick by too much protein you will just make them too fat to keep egg laying numbers up. They'll become a meat bird. Egg layers need wide hips yet lean.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Agree with Birdrain. They also will benefit if you put out a container of crushed oyster shell. If they want more calcium they will take it freely.
     
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. X2 on Birdrain92.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I wish someone would have a word with my commercial dual purpose birds - "lean" - they don't know the meaning of the word!! [​IMG]

    Welcome once again

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  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    It looks like you've already received some good advice, so I'll just say hello and it's nice to have you here!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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