Feed for hens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Packie, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Packie

    Packie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys,
    Over the winter my 4 leghorn girls have gotten thin they get fed a basin of rolled barley every morning and a head of cabbage twice a week. I want to fatten them up a small bit any suggestions on what to feed them? I heard that buttermilk will help, i was thinking mixing barley and buttermilk and throwing it into a basin every day.... Thanks everyone :)
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Barley alone is not a balanced diet. Provide them with some sort of a laying ration for optimum conditioning.
     
  3. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the barley all they get? Or do you feed that in addition to their food?
     
  4. Packie

    Packie Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I forgot to mention that I feed them layers pellets also
     
  5. Packie

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    I mix the barely with the layers pellets
     
  6. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you heard of fermenting feed? Search fermenting feed in the search bar above. It really helps alot.
     
  7. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Up their protein. Laying feed is usually around 16% protein and cutting in the barley is going to lower that even further. You can usually find a grower, flock raiser, non-medicated starter or a game bird feed that will have anywhere from 18-22%. You can also look at the protein source and look for animal proteins rather than soy. If you go off a layer just make sure you have a calcium source, like oyster shell on the side. Otherwise you are fine.
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013
  8. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mealworms is great as pure protein
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2. great and cheap and easy to farm at home.
     

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