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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigredfeather, Apr 3, 2009.
Is it okay to feed laying hens a Grower/Finisher feed as long as you provide free choice Calcium?
Probably. Do they free range? I'd keep an eye on egg quantity and quality.
I feed my laying hens Purina FlockRaiser which is a grower/finisher as well as a multi-species feed. They have oyster shells, free-choice.
It seems to be working out well. The birds get lots of scraps from the kitchen, a little scratch, and free-range for an hour or 2 every day. I like the fact that the FlockRaiser is a 20% protein feed.
Second time today I've posted this.
For years all I fed was a 22% protein game bird grower crumble. I fed it from the day they hatched 'till the day they died. This year, I went back to a 16% layer [Purina} in an attempt to save a few bucks. Production has been terrible! By this time last year,with the same number of hens, I had hatched over 400 chicks. This year so far I have less than 100. Fertility & hatchability are fine but they just aren't laying well.
Needles to say I have gone back to the higher protein feed & production is starting to pick up.