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Whey Protein for chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RedHead, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. RedHead

    RedHead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    East Lake, NC
    Hubby just got me thinking that maybe for extra protein we could mix some whey protein, like from GNC, in with their feed or mix some for them to try. They're molting and egg production has substantially dropped. I was wondering if anyone had tried it, or had any thoughts on it? Our feed store doesn't carry calf manna [​IMG]
  2. RedHead

    RedHead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    East Lake, NC
    anybody tried it at all? If not I suppose I'll just give it a try and see what happens [​IMG]
  3. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmmmm...interesting idea. I hadn't thought of doing that, but I think they usually have artificial sweeteners in them and that might be a problem. My "100% Premium Whey Protein" has Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose (Splenda) as sweeteners. I'm not sure how safe those are for the birds...they're not humans.

    For extra protein, I feed mine sunflower seeds and either scrambled or hard-boiled eggs. They also get into the cat food every once in a while...poor outside kitty! Also, bugs are good...if they don't get many bugs in their run, you could get them crickets or mealworms or soldier fly larvae, etc...
  4. RedHead

    RedHead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    East Lake, NC
    Yea I was worried about the sweeteners too, but hubby swears there's one that's JUST the whey protein? [​IMG] I'll look around in GNC today and see if there is one that would work, if not I'll stick with the scrambled eggs when hubby's not looking lol, he says that his dad told him when he used to work on a farm that feeding them eggs (even though they're cooked without shells) will cause them to eat their eggs and I've tried explaining why it's actually good for them, but he's the stubborn type that 'knows' he's right [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  5. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Start making your own cheese and put the whey out for them [​IMG] No sweeteners in that [​IMG]

    (I'm only half kidding; look up 30-minute mozzarella. It's really easy, gives you almost a pound of cheese and 3 quarts of whey. And it's way cheaper than buying cheese and a protein supplement).
  6. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Stay away from splenda, nutrisweet, sorbitol, any high-fructoxe corn syrup, sweet n low, etc. Best sweetner is molasses for all animals and good for humans too. Loaded with essential minerals as opposed to being loaded with toxins and carcinogens in all of the synthetic man-made junk.
  7. apwilcox

    apwilcox New Egg

    Mar 29, 2011
    So, is it good? It is derived from cheese and they seem to love cottage cheese. (great protein too)

    What about organic soy protein?
  8. I am trying to avoid giving my hens soy. Read up and soy and hormones. We have a hen right now dying from ovarian cancer.
    Soy is often the number one ingredient in chicken feeds.

    Ovarian cancer is so prevalent in chickens that researchers are studying them to help find a cure for people.

    Flax seed has been show to help. See the article below,

    We are going to a soy-free feed for this reason.

    I also stopped drinking soy milk.

  9. juliannehewlett

    juliannehewlett New Egg

    Sep 19, 2011
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  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I'm betting that there are much cheaper protein suppliments than that for chickens. As for the sweeteners, they aren't good for us, either. I'd do as you say and slip them the eggs when hubby isn't looking.

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