Feeding Questions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cviegra, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. cviegra

    cviegra In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2014
    Eastern NC
    My Husband and I are new to having our own flock of chickens. Someone how we have ended up with 11 hens out of 12 purchased due to one death even with straight runs. Today we got a surprise and one of our Golden Comets started laying at 15 weeks. The egg was so fragile that it cracked before I could even pick it up.

    First question is that we have been feeding them the finish grower and have been giving them crushed oyster shells a few times a week. Should we go ahead and switch to layer feed now or wait until the 18 week mark?

    Second question is what is the ratio for feed per hen? We are finding some days there is a lot of food left but then other days there is nothing left and they act like they are starving.

    Third Question is we have a block of different types of bird seed that is like a cube we normally give them twice a month. Should we hold out the cube until the eggs harden up to make sure they are getting the right amount of calcium?

    Lastly, when we start up'ing the layer feed/crush oyster shells, how long before we should see a difference in the eggs.

    Thanks in Advance.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
  2. Jessyeanne

    Jessyeanne Hatching

    Jul 23, 2014
    Great question! Can't wait to hear from some of the experts. I'm curious myself as a new flock owner!
  3. Chicken 3033

    Chicken 3033 In the Brooder

    I'm curious too, also new to chickens. Hope someone who knows stumbles upon this soon!
  4. Carpenter Coop

    Carpenter Coop Chirping

    Great questions.
  5. Carpenter Coop

    Carpenter Coop Chirping

    Type feeding chickens in search bar
    Lots of answers there
  6. Chicken 3033

    Chicken 3033 In the Brooder

    Thanks, now we'll all know, I was really curious :)

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