Advice please: What to feed Mama hen

The Duck Runner

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Jun 24, 2019
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Morning Folks,
My Barnevelder mama has hatched 7 chicks who are now 3 weeks old & doing great....hopefully I've managed to attach a picture below!
The chicks are on chick crumb which I'm happy with, BUT... what should mama be eating? Do I let her let her eat the chick crumb (high protein) or supply another tub with layer (or grower?) pellets and risk the chicks feeding on this - if I put it high up out of their reach she simply takes mouthfuls down to them! I was thinking that layer pellets would be wrong cos she's been not laying for over a month, wouldn't the excess calcium be bad for her?

Thanks,
TDR
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igorsMistress

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Chick crumb and keep oyster shell available for her. I have never fed layer crumb to my flock and their egg shells are thick and hard.
 

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