His and Hers DIY 50# feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 4bdennis, May 29, 2016.

  1. 4bdennis

    4bdennis Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    Last week while watching the chickens I noticed the roosters eating feathers of the hens after mating.
    SO I studied up and read they need more protein. That meant new feed and feeder, i just switched over to layer feed..
    Well i ended up building two feeders and it has worked beautiful . They both hold 50# of feed .
    For the most part they eat there own feed and the feather pulling has stopped,


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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I personally don't feed layer, it often isn't enough protein for backyard flocks. I feed an all flock with oyster shells offered in a separate bowl. I also think the extra calcium in layer is bad for roosters.

    Those are really nice feeders. Do they eat out of the appropriate ones? [​IMG]
     
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about this one ? supplementing oyster shell along with this feed would be sufficient?

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It's the 16% protein that can cause troubles, I like something with 18-20%, if fed as a sole ration, layer is suppose to be enough to keep a chicken healthy and laying without getting fat. Backyard flocks often receive other things to eat which cuts the overall protein, something like cracked corn is 8%, so scratch can be detrimental if too much is fed, but add higher protein ration and they can handle some as a treat without becoming egg eaters and feather pickers.

    I switched last season and immediately saw an improvement in my birds. They also molted faster and resumed laying in December. Something I never experienced. So brand isn't as important as the protein content. Well brand is important, some won't eat certain brands.
     
  5. 4bdennis

    4bdennis Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    Yes they do eat out of r proper feeders but of course there is the occasional sampling[​IMG]. The roosters are now on 24% game and the hens on 16% layer. The chickens roam the 1/4 acre goat pen most of the day foraging. Trying to find 18% layer.
     
  6. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    around here for layer feed

    i only see 15-16%.. i don't see anything higher at local stores
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I use an all flock. Most are 18-20%.
     
  8. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    which stores will carry them ?
     

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