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Can spent grains be fed as a primary diet for layer hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bauerdog, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend who just started in the bourbon business. She is willing to give us all the spent grains I want. Anyone here feed primarily spent rye and corn?
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Nope, sorry i don't. Personally i would also give a proprietary feed in order to ensure that they get all the vitamins / minerals and also provide some oyster shell in a separate feeder - layers need more calcium than non-laying chickens.

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  3. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was planning on still providing layer feed and oyster shell. Just wondering if I need to restrict how much grains they get per day
     
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    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    I would not imagine it would make too much difference. Do bear in mind however that layers feed provides all the necessary vitamins / nutrients necessary, so anything else you give them should (I seem to recall reading on BYC before) account for more than 10% of their diet.

    I think the bottom line is if they prefer the grains to layers feed, then only give as a treat or less than around 10% of their total feed per day.

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  5. bauerdog

    bauerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks. That makes sense
     

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