feeding breeding chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by millerfarm1157, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. millerfarm1157

    millerfarm1157 Hatching

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    I am new to raising chicks. I was reading that breeding chickens should be getting a special feed that is higher in protein that contains certain minerals and such.

    Is this true, or will a good quality layer ration be sufficient?

    What are you guys feeding your breeding hens and Roos?
     

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

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    Once a hen reaches maturity she usually breeds every day. Laying pellets and oyster shell is what I feed mine.
     
  3. millerfarm1157

    millerfarm1157 Hatching

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    Thanks! Thats what mine are getting. Just wanted to make sure that I didnt need to change anything before I start incubating.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 8 Years

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    I do enhance feed quality a bit when hatching eggs desired. Transition to enhanced diet starts about 2 weeks prior to collection of eggs to be hatched. Protein level is increased by addition of chick starter to the basic layer formulation. A little pepper is added to give egg yolk more color. Such not needed with free-range birds accessing quality forage.
     
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