Help! Was sold wrong food? (Newbie)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mom3lovebugs, May 29, 2016.

  1. mom3lovebugs

    mom3lovebugs New Egg

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    Hi everyone,

    I just got 8 laying hens (mix of 1 and 2 year olds) late last week. The breeder I bought them from suggested I feed them 17% laying ration mixed with barley (she had this in abundance on her farm) and hen scratch. I just looked and the feed store sent me home with 36% laying ration. It's a 4 hour drive back so I'm curious if it's ok to use cut with barley? I bought 2 bags of laying ration, 2 bags of barley and 2 bags of hen scratch. I just read the hen scratch should be only a treat tho?

    Any advice? I live in a very remote location so im hoping I can make due with what I have until my parents go out of town in 2 weeks.

    I've only been getting 2 eggs a day but thinking it takes time for them to adjust to their new home.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    36% never heard of a laying ration that high.. sure it isn't some meatbird ration?..
    That being said I don't think it will hurt them.. add your barley.. that will cut protein down..
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're fine. If you mix the 3 together in equal amounts, you will end up with about an 18% feed. You are correct in giving them time to settle in before expecting normal egg production.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Be sure to give them extra calcium. You can give them egg shells. That will help some, until you can rectify the situation. Long term, I would think that 36% protein is too high. You might want to return the second bag.
     
  5. mom3lovebugs

    mom3lovebugs New Egg

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    Thank you everyone! I appreciate the feedback. :)
     
  6. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen 36% before. .. are you sure they didn't sell you a concentrate? What's the bag read..
    Some people buy a concentrate to mix there own feed... if so. Then you need to mix other grain per directions. .
    May contain too much calcium now if fed at 1/3 mix..
     

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