Help!New at this!What should I be feeding besides Dumor 16%layer feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thegoldengirls, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. thegoldengirls

    thegoldengirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 originals (3 Rhode Island Reds & 3 Golden Comets). Goldens seem hardier and have been laying for about 1-1/2 weeks. I believe only one of the Reds is laying. I switched all over to layer when the 1st egg came.
    I recently aquired 3 more(1 RIR & 2 GC). They were on same feed mixed with cracked corn and also on oyster shells(which I just started with the first 6).
    They are still separated, but would like all on same rations.
    Now I'm noticing soft eggs and one that has stopped laying. Is this normal?
    Should I be offering something more?
     
  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have not used Dumor feed, but I have read others' posts with complaints.

    I use Purina Layena, and have a small (double sided) kitty dish with oyster shell and grit. All of these are served free choice. It may help if you take some of the "flour," from the oyster shells and add it to the feed. That would add calcium. Also spritz some cod liver oil or wheat germ oil (equine section) on the food, to help with vitamins A, D, E, and K.

    Good luck!
     
  3. thegoldengirls

    thegoldengirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'll definitely try all your suggestions. I did just notice a couple of messages where folks are not pleased with Dumor. I'll just have to find another supplier. Right now, my only real choces are TSC and Blue Seal. But, I'll see what I can find.
     
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Oh, lucky you .... Blue Seal is TOP quality, from what I understand.

    Just make it a habit to smell each bag of feed (any brand) you open, to assure it is fresh. It really does make a difference, nutritionally. I only buy enough feed to last a week. I buy fresh feed every week, and keep it in an airtight container inside a huge galvanized barrel with a lid. (airtight for freshness, galvanized to hopefully keep mice away)
     

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