Favorite Layer Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 19marvinn, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
    Looking for everyone's opinion/successful experience as to what ya'll are feeding your layers.

    So far I've used 1. Dumor layer pellets
    2. Purina Start and Grow

    I'm not a fan of either.
  2. DigMyChicks

    DigMyChicks True BYC Addict

    Apr 5, 2015
    Appleton, MN
    I use Nutrena naturwise layer crumbles. I tried them in the pellets but they didn't like them. I've had no problem with the crumbles.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Have never used 'layer' feed.

    I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.

    The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.

    Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

    Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.

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