What to feed for healthy feathers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LosOsosChick, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. LosOsosChick

    LosOsosChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Several of my pullets seem to have quite a lot of pin feathers among their hackle feathers. My silver laced polish also has a lot of them in her crest. The feathers in question are not very visible, but you can sure feel them when you're giving them a little neck scratch. I'm not sure if they just have more adult plumage growing in, or if they need some sort of supplementation in their diet. They currently get black oil sunflower seeds regularly as a treat, as well as fruit and vegetable scraps, in addition to their regular feed. Is there something specific I should do to help out their plumage? Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Increased protein seems to help with feather growth.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Protein.

    So not too much scratch etc.

    Their commercial feed should be fine. If you are really concerned you can switch them for awhile to a higher protein feed with oyster shells on the side (like Flock Raiser 20% protein). Or you can give scrambled eggs for a supplement.
     
  4. lcahill

    lcahill Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feed 20% across the board with the layers and the littles. Oyster shell on the side obviously. I noticed that the older birds who where on 16% layer when I rescues them and were in deplorable shape really thrived on the higher protein so I havent changed. Their plummage is fantastic now and very glossy. And they get all the kitchen scraps and garden scraps that I can produce.
     
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