I want to feed my dual purpose type layers a higher protein feed than 16%. They lay better and look better when getting a higher protein feed. Can I feed a Meat Bird Feed (with oyster shell in a separate dish)? The reason I ask is because I found a 20% protein Meat Bird feed (Southern States Meat Bird Maker) that I really like the ingredients list. Very similar to their Layer Feed (what I feed now) but with the higher protein level. I see lots feeding the Flock Raiser by Purina to layers but I don't feed Purina - I'm a southern states gal! Just a personal preference. Sorry - got long winded there..... Is it ok to feed a Meat Bird Feed to layers??? My hens free range all day. They are Australorps and Speckeled Sussexs and EE's.