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Can mother hen be fed on growers pellets?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PebbleEggs, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. PebbleEggs

    PebbleEggs Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2013
    Our mother hen is not quite ready to let her babies go it alone, but they're approaching eight weeks and we're getting ready to switch to growers pellets from chick crumb. Is it alright for mother hen to eat a diet of mostly growers pellets too?
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Absolutely - especially if she has not yet begun to lay as she has no need for the extra calcium offered by a layer ration (and if she *is* laying you can provide her with oyster shell for that calcium). Many folks never feed layer ration as it is just easier for mixed flock situations (gender mix, age mix, hens who are not currently laying due to age, molt, etc) - feeding a grower ration offers a higher protein content in the diet and the calcium needs of those birds who are actively laying can be met with oyster shell.
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Just what I would have said!
  4. PebbleEggs

    PebbleEggs Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2013
    Great :) thanks a lot. It has been tricky keeping everyone away from the wrong food types.

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