Originally Posted by Wishing4Wings
My feed store gave bad advice too. Said to start feeding layer at 8 weeks to get the girls "ready" to lay. Glad I had read this thread first!
Many feed stores pride themselves in being good advice givers. We've a couple of feed store operators here, Lazy J, I think, who is an doctoral level education nutritionist. But, let's be realistic. Hundreds and hundreds of feed stores with near minimum wage staff? The advice repeated here, from time to time, makes me cringe. LOL
Originally Posted by Minchi
Any problems giving the medicated feed too long?
From what perspective? The birds health? I can only share my thoughts. I want resistant birds with high immunity. Too long on the medicated masks what I need to see, naturally developed immunity. I'll willingly take instruction from others more knowledgeable than I, but that's my point of view.
Originally Posted by loanwizard
Fred, what do you think of hog feed, 16%, as an adequate feed source for chickens that also free range?
Tempting. A chicken can survive on just about anything, including ranging and hog feed, I am sure. It's not the protein, but the lack of trace elements or the addition of trace elements that concerns me, as a bird is not a mammal and a pig is not a bird, so their needs for nutrition must be different in many, many respects. I'm all for being thrifty and I am. But I am not penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to my chicks and pullets. I've a lot invested in them and I envision a bright future of health and productivity from them. So, I feed them well.