What the right % of protein for laying chickens

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  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]

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  6. N F C

    N F C Happy T-Day! Premium Member Project Manager

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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 LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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