What's a good way to increase protien level for molting chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nittanyxi, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    what can I give my chickens in addition to their layer food to increase their protien level. I'm looking for something that is cost effective. I can't afford to be buying salmon for the chickens.

  2. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Lennon, Michigan
    Try dry cat food.
  3. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Yes a little dried catfood like Mrs suggested and if you have extra eggs from fridge hard boil them and crumble them up.My bird's are recycle Green Machine's here.We divide up all left over's of bread/ pasta veggie's etc.They are by no mean's over fed because I have so many and they are like Phirnana when I take out left over's.
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    You can increase the protein in your feed by using a higher protein feed, put fish meal in the feed not a lot but some, BOSS is high in protien or feed things that are high in protein. I personally don't like the cat food idea cuz there is other stuff in there besides protein. To each his own.
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    cat food
    black oil sunflower seeds
    meat leftovers
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    All of the above, but I like gamebird feed. You can get different rates of protien and you don't have to worry about one or two dominent piggy chooks getting the majority of the treats.
  7. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    i don't like the idea of giving cat food to chickens either. i know there is a link in the learning center at the top of the page that tells you what plants/foods are good and bad to give chickens and cat food is one of the bad things. i know there is a feed additive that uses kelp but it is not always available at the feed stores. i'd suggest the cooked eggs or BOSS

  8. I am feeding Turkey/Gamebird Feed (24% protein) with a 40# bag of BOSS (15% protein) mixed in. Just started them on this last week...will see how they do on it.
  9. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    Right now it's sweet corn season here in Michigan, and my girls are gobbling up the tidbits leftover on corncobs. Usually that's the nib or heart of the kernel, where the most protein is located.
    I've also given them some turkey crumbles my compassionate husband got to give a wild turkey chick which got separated from its mom, but didn't survive, and BOSS. But their favorite protein yummie is mashed up hard boiled eggs.

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