Laying hens

Asked March 19, 2020, 5:14 PM EDT

My hens are pulling feathers down to flesh. How much protein do they need in their feed? What is the best feed for laying hens? They are around 2 years old. Six hens six eggs no roster.

Spencer County Indiana poultry

1 Response

If your hens are feather pecking and possibly cannibalism they have a nutritional deficiency. The amount of protein in the feed depends on the energy content.
See the article on basic poultry nutrition at

There isn't necessarily one time of feed that is better than another. A complete layer feed should be given - without diluting it with scratch grains or cracked corn.

If you are feeding a layer feed and the problem continues it maybe behavioral. See the article at