My feed store charges $8.99 a bag for sweet feed, and $17.99 for chicken feed. Both are %16 protein.
I'd like nutritional reasons I couldn't sub in some sweet feed. Right now my eggs cost 3x store bought eggs, its not cost effective.
"Its not appropriate" isn't enough. I have read back threads with vague advice. I would like to see required protein, carb and vitamin content so I can compare with the label.
My chickens free range over 1/4 avre, and supplement their diet with bugs and stolen garden bits. They're not fat, they get plenty of exercise.
Most sweet feeds are 8-12% protein. I have never seen a sweet feed with 16% protein,but if indeed it is thats a plus. The second factor is sweet feed doesnt have the calcium added that laying hens need. As others have noted chickens can get too much mollasses and have digestive issues and become sickly,primarily in young birds though. That being said I do mix it in at times with laying pellets,or grower etc.,but I never go more than 50%. The primary issue with hens laying optimally is 16-18% protein and the added calcium.