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Can a hen lay eggs without layer feed. I have some pullets that are nearing laying age and was wondering if they would lay the feed. I know that they don't need a rooster but not sure a bout the feed
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The only difference between a layer feed and any other poultry feed is protein and calcium content. They will also function fine on a grower, flock raiser, etc. as long as protein is in the 16-20% range and they are supplemented with oyster shell for calcium. The reason people feed laying feed to layers in because its simplest and it works as a complete ration with no supplements needed.

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150 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies and assorted others. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Layer feed is specially designed for a hen's body. However, hens can still lay without layer feed provided. You do need to be sure they are receiving extra calcium. But, other types of feeds are fine to give and shouldn't cause problems.

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"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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Ok thanks for the info
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