Corn and egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 2boxers, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. 2boxers

    2boxers Songster

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    Since my flock is free ranging more now that it's summer, I had sort of decided I'd lay off the corn. So now they free range (two hours a day, close to sunset) and they get the regular layer feed. Well, since I quit the corn, the eggs have dropped off. Would my girls be laying less due to the lack of corn?
     
  2. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Houston(ish)
    I dont think it is supposed to work that way, however, that being said, I mixed the girls scratch with some wheat and the egg production has suffered. I cant wait for the stuff to be gone so I can test that.
     
  3. aupoet

    aupoet In the Brooder

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    Hi, Glad to hear that your girls are enjoying the summer. Yes, if you want them to lay their best they will need some good yellow corn in their diet. Either ground up in their feed or fed as whole grain corn. Wheat does not supply chickens with all the nutrients that they need so while it is ok, though usually too expensive, as a supplement they still need good yellow corn also. While letting your girls out to roam will allow them to add some additional bug proteins and greenery to their diet, they will actually use most of the energy they gain in the process of scratching for the food. You should expect fewer eggs but they will tend to taste better and may be larger with strong yellow yolks if they are fed lots of corn as well as what they find on their outings.
    Good Luck.
     

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