Anyone Use Flockraiser for Laying Hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. i have been feeding Layena to my hens. Then i got ducks and geese and they get Flockraiser. Couple times i've run out of the Layena and used the Flockraiser for the chickens and they seem to like that better. i know it's higher in protein and does not have extra calcium, but if i supplement with the crushed oyster shell, wouldn't that be sufficient?

    Just wondering if there could be any problems with feeding them the Flockraiser as their main diet.

  2. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    I use flockraiser for my hens and supplement with crushed oyster shell and high calcium dark leafy greens and broccoli! No problems - they seem to do better on the higher protein (no more feather picking/eating).
  3. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    I use it for my flock after 8 weeks of age! With oyster shell on the side! Everybody is healthy and happy!!![​IMG]
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I get Flock raiser but only with a coupon. It's to expensive otherwise. Purina feeds are the most expensive here. I mix it with the cheaper stuff. Plus I prefer pellets too cut down on waste.

  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The only thing I have read is that developing pullets might benefit from a protein percentage closer to the 17-18% range to prevent reproductive problems. But adult hens- many here on BYC feed high protein and give oyster shell on the side.

    Some I have read feel that it is unnecessary stress on the kidneys to give higher protein than the usual 16%.

    I really don't know the answer, but if you are giving treats/scratch/greens or free ranging, then you are lowering the protein content anyhow. So it would be a moot point.

    Bottom line is, I would feel comfortable with it in your situation (but this is just my opinion).

  6. I usually mix it with layer 50/50..but increase the ratio to 75/25 during the winter. If you keep roos separate then they do great on 100% flock raiser
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I use a flockraiser type feed milled at a local feed mill. It's called Allway Kernels. I feed it to all my birds, from young chicks to old hens. Supplement with oyster shell for the laying hens.
  8. Thanks, i thought it would be okay, just needed some first-hand experience.

    i have all adult hens, some have quit laying due to age, and no roos. When i give them the Layena crumbles, it seems to get all kicked out onto the floor of their coop. i hate the waste. They seem to actually eat the Flockraiser. i also give them leafy greens, hard boiled eggs, and other veggies several times a week. Had been giving them shelled BOSS, but it's so expensive i've stopped that. It will be easier just buying the Flockraiser for everyone.
  9. smarsh

    smarsh Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    lexington, KY
    Quote:i do this also

  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:The only chickens I don't give flockraiser to is chicks being raised in a brooder. If the broody hen is raising them they get the flockraiser from day one. In the brooder I use medicated chick starter for the first eight weeks and then switch over to the flockraiser.

    I remember reading, though I can't remember where (probably in Storey's Guide to Chickens) that broody raised chicks gain a natural immunity to coccidiosis by being exposed to the adult birds droppings in the coop. Brooder raised chicks don't get that benefit, so they need the medicated.

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