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What is the best way to feed hens for laying.
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Welcome!  I feed Flock Raiser to all my birds, with oyster shell on the side.  Both free choice, and they free range on my farm whenever possible.  A bit of scratch feed or scraps as treats only.  Good layer feed is fine, but not best for cock birds, molting, or young birds, so one feed for everyone is easiest for me!  The 'best' feed is what's available FRESH at your local feed stores, and then if you've decided on organic only, for example.  Laying hens are working very hard metabolically, and need a good balanced diet.  Mary

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Welcome!  I feed Flock Raiser to all my birds, with oyster shell on the side.  Both free choice, and they free range on my farm whenever possible.  A bit of scratch feed or scraps as treats only.  Good layer feed is fine, but not best for cock birds, molting, or young birds, so one feed for everyone is easiest for me!  The 'best' feed is what's available FRESH at your local feed stores, and then if you've decided on organic only, for example.  Laying hens are working very hard metabolically, and need a good balanced diet.  Mary


All very good advice. Also, even though it isn't feeding, its very important to supply them with fresh water 24/7. If not, they will get stressed an wont lay well.

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Welcome!  I feed Flock Raiser to all my birds, with oyster shell on the side.  Both free choice, and they free range on my farm whenever possible.  A bit of scratch feed or scraps as treats only.  Good layer feed is fine, but not best for cock birds, molting, or young birds, so one feed for everyone is easiest for me!  The 'best' feed is what's available FRESH at your local feed stores, and then if you've decided on organic only, for example.  Laying hens are working very hard metabolically, and need a good balanced diet.  Mary

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All very good advice. Also, even though it isn't feeding, its very important to supply them with fresh water 24/7. If not, they will get stressed an wont lay well.


Well a couple of hens are starting to molt. I didn't even consider that. Now you know I am a new at all of this! Thank you so much and my girls thank you too.

Thank you so much for your input it is greatly appreciated.
Bonnie
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