Best layer feed for free range hens

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What’s the best layer feed for free range chickens? Only stores local to me is tractor supply and southern states “ they mostly free range in the woods more then the field” and is there any kind of bug/nut/leaves that can hurt my hens when they range in the woods?
 

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@Kiki has a wonderful chart on all of the different feeds that you may find helpful. You can find the chart under her signature :)
A few more folks that have a vast knowledge about nutrition, among many other things are
@EggSighted4Life
@Ridgerunner
@rosemarythyme

And that's only a few of the amazing folks here. I wish you the best with your flock 💜
 

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Personally, I like a feed that's an "all flock", "Flock Raiser", "Flock Maker", etc. If you have any hens that aren't laying or have a rooster, this type of feed will work well for all of them. I always have oyster shell AND crushed eggshells as well as grit available for my birds. I use both calcium supplements because some of my hens like the eggshells better. If I have a hen that's having shell quality issues, I will feed her flock layer feed and if I do that, I've found that I really like Kalmbach layer but I like Nutrena Hearty Hen's protein levels. There are feeds available for so many things ❤️

So it's really a personal preference. I know that many folks like to feed layer feed strictly so I suggest you feed whatever complete and balanced feed that works best for your flock 😀
 

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What’s the best layer feed for free range chickens? Only stores local to me is tractor supply and southern states “ they mostly free range in the woods more then the field” and is there any kind of bug/nut/leaves that can hurt my hens when they range in the woods?
The best layer type feed is what your local store carries and if fresh.
Layer feed is a better choice for laying birds as compared to an all flock type feed.

Also be sure to buy a crumble or pelleted type feed. Not a while grain type which gives them the option to choose which grains to eat and which ones not to eat which will cause them to not have a balanced diet.

Not getting a balanced diet will cause problems.
 

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