Growing fodder for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pawtraitart, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. FreedomLover

    FreedomLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NotAFarm - You stated that your set-up feeds 25 adult chickens. Is this all they get or do you suppliment with other feed? (i.e. pellets or ff)

    I'm interested in getting my 8 week old chicks off so much feed since we can't free-range them with our big chickens. Rooster hates them lol
     
  2. NotAFarm

    NotAFarm Embracing the New! Premium Member

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    I have a free choice feeder with Purina GameBird Starter and Layena Pellets available 24/7, which they eat very little of. I also feed fermented.
     
  3. UrbanMamaHen

    UrbanMamaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do your hens lay the same or fewer eggs with the fodder?
     
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  4. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen

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    I think they lay a lot of eggs [​IMG]
     
  5. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have three big raised beds for vegetables. i'm thinking i might dedicate one bed to raising grains/fodder for chickens/rabbits. still in the thinking stage
     
  6. NotAFarm

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    I've never kept records of how many eggs my flock lays. I started fermented feed in the fall and have been feeding fodder for a few weeks. I think I have good egg production for breeds that are not necessarily known for their laying abilities. I have 12 Icelandics, 5 German New Hampshires, 1 Welsummer and one Barred Olive Egger that are laying and 2 three year old SLW that are not. I
    average a dozen eggs a day from those 19.
     
  7. NotAFarm

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  8. UrbanMamaHen

    UrbanMamaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NotAFarm, DMRippy is right. Your hens lay a lot. :)
     
  9. NotAFarm

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    .....oh, and in case anyone is wondering, I don't use artificial lighting or heat in my coop to make them lay that many eggs.
     
  10. DMRippy

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    I have 3 times as many that should be laying and I only get about 2 doz a day. And a few are under lights. No heat but lights in a shop.
     

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