Do I have to switch to layer feed if..........

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sticks22, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. sticks22

    sticks22 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    Do I have to switch to layer feed if they start laying eggs? I am already feeding them oyster shell, so do I really need to switch? Should they be on something different? Im feeding them all-purpose feed plus oyster shell in a separate feeder.
  2. ChinaChicks1

    ChinaChicks1 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    NE Oklahoma
    yes you really need to switch. Oyster shell is just a supplement for calcium. Once they start laying, a well balanced layer ration is needed..I'm kinda your over in Ketchum and you should be able to just get the TSA Compulay. It's balanced and relatively low on the price list.[​IMG]
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I do not feed layer feed. All of my birds get gamebird feed and some get flock raiser. My hens do not do well on the layer feeds that have no animal proteins. Vegetarian diets feeds don't work well for me.
  4. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    Quote:I am so glad to read this! I was advised to do the same by a local chicken farmer. He felt there the layer feed is too hard on hen's kidneys. I have been feeding a general flock feed from the mill. I have been offering calcium in a seperate container. Would you add anything to that? Would game feed be a better choice? I have a 2 year old hen, and 5 pullets ranging in age from 7 weeks to 9 months.
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i feed all my birds chicken scratch,, and game bird maintanence,, and a few times a week i throw in a handful of chick starter.,,,,,plus they get all our table scratch. i have people say that ive got the healthiest looking birds in this area,,,,i laugh and say i just feed and water them,,hehe [​IMG]
  6. ChinaChicks1

    ChinaChicks1 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    NE Oklahoma
    what's hard on the kidneys is too high of a protein level and that is gamebird feed. Your layers need a well balanced diet of fats, carbs and proteins made just for them or you burn them out. That's why they don't last more than 3 yrs. Give them a protein content around 17% or so..that is sufficient until time of molt then boost the level up with nutritious treats , things like that.

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