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Alternative feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dacasodivine, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. dacasodivine

    dacasodivine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2008
    I saw on another board that someone uses hog food as it has about the same % as layer. They just offer oyster shell for calcium.

    Does anyone do something similar like feed hog feed or horse feed (pellets) and ad calf manna or something like that to bring up the % and give them a calcium source? Other than having extra calcium, is there really anything in layer pellets that isn't in other pelleted feed?

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Usually general purpose animals feeds have mineral and vitamin levels specific for the breed they are labled for. That is why there are so many different feeds. Hogs need different nutrition than chickens. I know there are some who feed the least expensive feed to everything they own. I don't agree with it. Your chickens are only as nutritionally fitting as the feeds you give them and the way you tend their needs. I want good meat on the table and the best eggs I can get. Otherwise why bother? It is cheaper to buy those kinds of chickens and eggs at the grocery store.
  3. dacasodivine

    dacasodivine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2008
    That was what I was wanting to know, if they are pretty much the same or not, other than the %. I don't even have chickens yet but was kind of curious after reading about the person feeding hog feed.

    Admittedly, it would make it easier if I could give them the same pellets my horses get but I've already bought a can for their feed and I'm looking at getting some seeds to plant for them.

  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Aside from nutritional suitability (see above, Miss Prissy's post) I don't know what prices are like in your neck of the woods, but around here I am paying more for horse pellets than for layer crumbles, so it would not actually be such a great economy step *anyhow* [​IMG]

    Pat, having spent $14 for another sack of fat-and-fiber pellets this afternoon, as compared to about $10 that the chickens' feed usually runs.
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    One other thing to remember about ratings on feed bags. What you see for %'s may not be BIOLOGICALLY AVAILABLE to another species. AKA the nutrient source may not be readily digestable for another species.
  6. dacasodivine

    dacasodivine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2008
    I haven't really priced the chicken feed yet but if it's around what I've seen posted, it's about the same as my horse feed. I was more curious than anything.

    I'm sure they will be getting some anyway. One of my horses is a messy, messy eater. She looks around while she eats and drops it everywhere. I've had her teeth floated and it made no difference.

    I can't wait for my little chicks.

    Thanks all

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