Best feed for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Spires6, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    I know this has probably been posted but I can't find it.
    We are raising laying hens, bantam chicks, ducks and turkeys. What feeds seem to work best for for each of these and for different ages? What protein percentage is appropriate for each? Anybody got a favorite brand? Or is there a good thread someone can link me to? Thanks.
  2. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    For my laying hens I always get Dumor layer feed. It is pretty cheap, 11$ for a 50lb bag. My hens lay very well so I like it.
  3. kgeorge

    kgeorge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Beech Creek, PA
    For my laying hens I always get Dumor layer feed. It is pretty cheap, 11$ for a 50lb bag. My hens lay very well so I like it.

    Do you feed the layer feed all the time? I live in Pennsylvania and have been told to not feed the layer mash during the winter months and to start feeding it in February. Does anyone feed their chickens scratch grain?​
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    bantams should have like purina start and grow till egg laying time
    generally egg laying comes next spring for bantams especially if they are pure bred
    so then in the winter you can start them on layer
    as it will have less protein but calcium
    of which you will need to feed crushed oyster shell for calcium

    Laying hen chicks need the starter grower till they start to lay and then layer and crushed oyster shell

    Ducks need duck feed for ducklings and then for adults
    they won't lay till next spring either

    Now for turkeys it is VERY important for you to feed the turkey starter probably 28% protein
    they take special care
    DO NOT run them with chickens as the chickens sluff off blackhead disease to turkeys
    chickens do not get blackhead they just carry the germs for it
    so do this and you should be okay
    feed like purina has the correct feed protein for each species of birds

    skimping on protein is not good

    Compare feeds in order for amt of protein for the dollar you spend
    also is feed fresh as it deteriorates faster if old
    vitamins and minerals are important to the chicks, ducklings, layer chicks, turkeys

    don't feed a lot of corn
    as the first most ingredient in feed is corn generally 9-10% protein
    so you feed a lot of corn you defeat your protein content

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