Will feeding more protein produce more eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DoloresRun, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. DoloresRun

    DoloresRun Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All

    I am very new to all f this backyard farming stuff so I have a question that maybe someone can answer for me?

    I have five chickens. 2 Isa Browns (about 11 months old) and 3 Barnevelders (about 14 months) They have been really great layers but a while back I posted that I was worried that I wasn't feeding them correctly! I got all sorts of great advise and so I decided to start adding extra protein. Well after doing that I started being inundated with eggs!!!! I get five a day most days and I just wondered if the extra protein was the cause? Or do I just have the best egg laying chickens ever [​IMG]

    Anyway, any insight would be great [​IMG]

    Thanks for your help in advance!

    Dolores in Oz
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Well, if you were underfeeding them before then correcting their nutritional deficiencies may well cause them to lay more eggs. What were you feeding them before and what are you feeding them now? Being in Oz you're also getting longer and longer days these last couple of months now aren't you?
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Well, if you were underfeeding them before then correcting their nutritional deficiencies may well cause them to lay more eggs. What were you feeding them before and what are you feeding them now? Being in Oz you're also getting longer and longer days these last couple of months now aren't you?

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    I don't know why,but I can't stop lauging over this one​
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I definitely think that feeding the proper % of protein helps in egg production. Ample protein is required in egg production after all. Not knowing other factors involved, I couldn't guess whether that's why your birds are laying like champions now. Maybe they just super love you [​IMG]
     
  5. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Well, if you were underfeeding them before then correcting their nutritional deficiencies may well cause them to lay more eggs. What were you feeding them before and what are you feeding them now? Being in Oz you're also getting longer and longer days these last couple of months now aren't you?

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  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I think I read that if you feed them more protein the eggs will be bigger. Maybe someone else can back this up?

    There is such a thing as too much protein, but 20% such as gamebird feed or Purina flock raiser is fine.
     
  7. DoloresRun

    DoloresRun Out Of The Brooder

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    I was feeding them just a poultry mix before with the occasional treat. I read in one of the posts that cat food was a good way to get more protein into them so I started giving them some, along with more meat scraps (I wasn't giving them any of the meat scraps before)

    I do live in Australia so I would agree that our days are getting longer but they are also getting hotter!!!

    I would like to think that they just love me more than their previous keeper [​IMG] They seem like happy gals so we will see if they keep it up but on a side note!!! Got another 5 eggs out of the ladies today! Thats 5 for 5 now.

    Thanks all [​IMG]
    Happy egg picking!
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Increasing the protein will boost production to a point. I think once you reach twenty percent or so, you're not going to see much difference.
     
  9. DoloresRun

    DoloresRun Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies [​IMG]
     
  10. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    So if they do best with 20% protein then why are all the layer feeds only 16%? I'm trying to figure all this out myself!! I don't need more eggs right now, but I do want to make sure I'm providing proper nutrition to my flock.
     

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