Crack corn with layer feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi trying to save money so I was wondering if I could mix layer food with crack corn and give it to my layers would this work and they have grit?
     
  2. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know quite a few people that do this. Just be sure that your chickens are getting the nutrition they need. Free ranging, and feeding food scraps are also ideas. I would say to keep the amount of corn-to-layer ratio to about 1-4 at the most. Also if you free range your flock you may not need to add grit.
    hope this helps!
    -Roxy
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You might want to look into Flock Raiser instead of layer as it has 20% protein instead of 16%. The corn only has 7-9% usually. This will boost the hens' protein a bit- if you are cutting it with corn.

    You will NEED to give oyster shell on the side for your layers if you feed Flock Raiser.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Your local prices will determine whether this will save you money. For sure, it will be slightly lower in total protein and nutrition. Corn @ 8% protein is going to dilute the protein of your 16% layer or 20% high pro flock type feed. Here? Cracked corn is $19 a hundred, so it saves me absolutely zip to include it. Nothing.

    The only way I can save money is stock up when I am over at a local feed mill. No, it's not next door, but when life takes me that direction, I make a point to stop in and stock up.
    Local mill 17% protein layer. $19.50 a 100. No way I can mess around trying to mix and match my own blends and still provide the nutrition.


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  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Fred I wish My mill would sell Bulk Chicken feed. The cheapest I can get it is 11.15 for 50 lbs. I would have to buy 40 50lbs bags to save .30 a bag. that would be 10.85 a bag. for 200lbs. If i bought 40 bags I would save $12. The barrel I would have to put it in would be $8. Everything but chicken feed can be sold in bulk. I am trying to find another mill around here that sells In Bulk.

    I also do not mix anything. I feed a veggie now and then and some Mealworms every few days.

    Nate
     

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