Feed conversion......?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BlackBart, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    I was told that chickens who lay brown eggs have a higher feed conversion rate than chickens that lay white eggs. So they said it is more expensive to feed brown laying chickens.

    What on earth does that mean? is it true? [​IMG][​IMG]
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I've never heard of this...
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    If everything else is the same (ambient temperature, genetic potential, etc.), the difference in the size of the laying hens will make a difference in feed conversion ratios.

    The maintenance requirements for an 8 pound body is higher than the maintenance for a 4 pound body.

  4. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Pearl River,Louisiana
    When you lump things together white,drk. brn.,brn. colored. Say the white egg layers add up the breeds and there average weights you will come up with an average weight and feed in take. Then do drk. brn. then so on and so on thats probably where they came up with that. Probably the brn eggers may have an average of heaverier weight birds, maybe even more brown eggers . So there is why they eat more. Just my guess. I just don't feel like totally doing all the math. I get what I like/want with production in mind but, I'm not going to spend my life feeding a bunch of ugly birds because they eat less. Part of this is for me and my sanity. I like to look out my windows and see my animals...its very relaxing and you have to have the will to care for them Sooo get what you like.
  5. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    I think DiVon80 you hit the nail on the head, everything is relative.
  6. skywatcher

    skywatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    On the back of pen pals chicken feed sack gives feed consumition of brown egg layers 0-20 weeks 15-18 lb.
    white egg layers 0-20 weeks 12-15 lb.per bird. Based on averages.
    So what divon 80 says

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