I live on a small hobby farm (19 acres) with all kinds of 4 and 2 legged critters. To cut back on the number of feed barrels that I use, I was wondering if it would be safe to feed my hens a high protein no molasses horse feed instead of layer feed and scratch?? They have pretty much the same stuff in them and the chickens clean up after the horses anyways. Does anyone know if this is an OK feed substitute for chickens??
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Horse feed is pretty expensive to be feeding to chickens, but I guess you could do it if you are feeding them just for eggs and supplement them with feed that contains what the horse pellets are missing.
Horse feed and chicken feed cost about the same in this area and I have a bunch of coupons for free horse feed. If I can't use straight horse feed with oyster shell on the side, I figured I'd mix 2 bags of horse feed, with a bag of layer feed, and a bag of cracked corn... along with the oyster shell I always feed.
Horse food, like chicken food, comes in a variety of formulations. Some is really high in protien, some really low. Usually it's pretty low since horses are herbivores. Chickens eat meat and need more protien across the board.
They'll survive and lay on just the horse food though, even on the mix you propose. Just don't expect great laying.