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How do I feed just one hen layer feed? Advice please!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Carrie Lynn, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While posting my calcium problem I realized I have yet another problem.
    How will I be able to feed my POL Bantam the layer feed?
    Now that is not something I ever thought about when I added chicks, making a flock of 3.
    Anyone ever had this problem? I will be leaving for work in the dark and returning at sunset.
    That makes monitoring feeding impossible. Oh man, I should have thought this through :-(
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    When I have underaged chickens in the coop, I feed Grower with oyster shell offered on the side. The young ones may peck at it a little bit, but not all that much, and my egg shells remain hard.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:This is your best bet...
     
  4. Caseman

    Caseman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is your best bet...

    A+ this is good
     
  5. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Quote:This is your best bet...

    A+ this is good

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  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: A+ this is good

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    X--???? Well, x whatever we're up to now. Lots of us do it this way with mixed age flocks. Works great and no stressing out about who is eating out of what feeder.

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    ETA: How the heck did I lose Ridgerunners post?? The puter must be on quote overload.[​IMG]
     
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  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What they all said. [​IMG]
     
  8. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feed Flock Raiser with oyster shell on the side. Works for me.
     
  9. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So is Grower is better for all 3 birds than Flock Raiser? What is the difference between the two?
    BTW, got my first egg this afternoon from my Banty Leghorn...small, but perfect!
     
  10. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think grower is higher in protien (one local feed store just started carrying flockraiser here, but I haven't checked it out yet), neither of them will have enough calcium for the laying hen so as has been mentioned, be sure to put oyster shell out. I'd go with the grower in your situation though either will work. Rule of thumb is to feed to the youngest when you have a mixed flock, the older chooks are better able to handle things not being exactly right for them.

    ETA: Congrats on the first egg! [​IMG]
     
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