grannys gone and done it

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  1. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    My lord I've already got 2000 post? I think Pearls been using my account. I'm a shy person that don't talk much :lau
    The eating granny thing wasn't planned but worked out pretty good :gig
     
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    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    Melon, mayo and banana sandwiches are great!
     
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    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    Question. How do you keep young chickens from eating layer feed if you have an older hen that eats the layer? Do you just keep them separate until they're old enough to eat layer feed? Also if you let a hen bring up chicks, how do you make sure that she does eat the chick starter and the chicks don't eat her feed?
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    People that care about the overload of calcium use some sort of All Flock feed, offering oyster shell on the side for calcium.

    I don't follow the train of thought that calcium causes roosters to fall over dead. I fed layer type feeds for 40 years before I started using All Flock. I fed it to everything - peeps, layers, molting chickens and roosters.

    Where do you buy your feed??
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Simplest solution is to feed them all grower ration and put out oyster shell for the hen to get her calcium needs.
     
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  6. jane s chickens

    jane s chickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Question. How do you keep young chickens from eating layer feed if you have an older hen that eats the layer? Do you just keep them separate until they're old enough to eat layer feed? Also if you let a hen bring up chicks, how do you make sure that she does eat the chick starter and the chicks don't eat her feed?[/quote


    Don t feed layer feed. Keep roo in pen with layers and give oyster shell. When my pullets start laying i may use it andtake roo out. That way when i put breeding pairs in pens in spring i won t have to wait 3 weeks to collect eggs to incubate.
     
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    I was of ur train of thought until i had several with crooked toes. Never fed layer to young or roos since
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Not once have I seem anyone claim it causes them to fall over dead, but there is documented proof of damage done to circulatory structures and the renal system which is directly attributed to excessive calcium intake...not only in roosters, but any bird taking in the higher level of calcium without having an outlet for it through shelling and expelling eggs. Plenty of things can be damaging to overall health without causing you to fall over dead.
     
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  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    For those of you thinking about going to FF, here is the what I use:

    (In approximate measure using a metal coffee can)

    6 cans All Flock
    1 can of scratch feed
    1 can oats
    1 can alfalfa pellets

    I combine all of these is a large container. Then I use this mix to ferment. I use three buckets for the fermenting stage, meaning it ferments for three days.

    I put the feed in a bucket, cover the feed with water and stir until completely wetted thoroughly. I make sure there is some water completely covering the feed. I do not stir the feed again until I get ready to feed it. The water standing on the top will absorb into the feed. I do not add more water to keep the feed covered. The feed is like some kind of thick mortar when I feed it. I leave approximately one cup of feed in the bottom of the bucket to use as a starter.

    Easy Peary! No draining. Not stirring and stirring and stirring. I don't cover with lids or cloths either, bugs in the FF is extra protein.

    I feed them enough that everyone gets full and there is some left over.

    In the winter, I feed extra feed. On my days off I wait until feeders are clean before I feed them again.
     
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  10. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    This is a monumental post for me Red so I better make it good. I have found feed all flock raiser to be the best of both worlds. Its more expensive than layer or chick grower, but it feeds all ages. You just need to have oyster shell free choice for the layers. During the summer months I have a baked bean can that I have drilled small holes in the bottom of. I take that & screw it into one of the run post & fill with oyster shell, up high enough that the hens can reach it but not the chicks. I also have a wine bottle grit & oyster shell dispenser that I made for the big coop. I just need to get ambitious & make a couple more. I will take a picture of it when I go out shortly.

    OK now for all the Hoop LA :celebrate
    :highfive: :weee :ya :jumpy Congratulations to Red for reaching 2,000 post & to Maaw... for reaching 3,000 post. The scary part is Red only joined BYC this year, if he don't watch it BYC will have to create a BIG MOUTH award for the most posts in a year :lau Just kidding you Red lol.
     
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