Feeding scraps, LOTS of scraps

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by spickus, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. spickus

    spickus New Egg

    Mar 31, 2009
    I'm new to chickens and have raised 22 birds from chicks. They are mixture of breeds and beginning to lay at just over 5 months. I have noticed some soft shelled eggs, eggs with excess calcium deposits and yesterday, a misshapen egg. My neighbor is a chef and brings me 2-3 gallons of restaurant scraps (the contents vary widely ) everyday or every other day. My question is, although all my birds appear healthy, are they filling up on the scraps and not receiving enough protein causing egg oddities? I do keep oyster shell available. Also how do I prevent them from laying eggs from the perch instead of the nest boxes?
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hi, [​IMG] and congratulations on the chickens!

    They're filling up on the scraps.

    Their main food source should be from layer feed- I like pellets better than crumbles, because it seems to cut waste. Food scraps should be doled out as a treat, not their main source of food, for the best egg quality.

    As far as the high wire performance, I had a RIR who did that. Turned out she was staying on the roost to avoid a dominant hen who was harassing her when she came down. I had to split the flock eventually, and the RIR went in with some smaller hens. She's fine now, except now she lays under the coop!

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