Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick
Wow! Is everyone that busy today?
I was just informed by the feed store that layer feed encourages chickens to lay. That they will not lay if they are not fed it, and that they should only be fed it if you want them to lay.
Anyone agree with that? I don't. Layer feed has lower protein, and adds calcium. That has been my understanding.
Partial truths. If a hen is malnourished she isn't going to lay or she will have problems, perhaps eggs with thin shells, etc, but layer feed will not "make" them lay. It just gives them a balanced diet if they are laying, especially the calcium in it.
You can also feed them a good quality food without calcium (If you have other non laying poultry eating it), and provide a bowl of oyster shells or a calcium supplement on the side.