Feeding my chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thejewell1966, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. thejewell1966

    thejewell1966 New Egg

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    I have a mix of ages in my coop. My oldest chickens should start laying next month. My younger chicks I know don't need to eat layena so any suggestions on how to feed my flock so that the younger ones don't get ahold of the layena.
     
  2. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feed them all chick starter and offer a side of oyster shells for the layers...
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I like to feed a flock raiser/grower/finisher 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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