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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by twentynine, May 15, 2010.

  1. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since my hens have been laying I had been feeding them a 50/50 blend of Purina Flock Raiser and Purina Layena, I would then supplement with a couple table spoons of oyster shell right into the feed every day. Always figured the extra protien of the Flock Raiser gave them a little boost, and even if it didn't I felt good about feeding it to them.

    Well the first of May I decided to "simplify" things. Went to straight Layena.

    Egg production is off by a full 50%.

    Monday morning bright and early off to TSC I go to get me a bag of Flock Raiser.
     
  2. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm Curious: [​IMG]

    What is the protein % on the Flock Raiser? I was feeding a Farmers Co-Op feed from my local feed store with 20% protein. They stopped carrying that to sell an organic 16% for double the price. I bit my tongue and bought Purina. I'm 1/3 way thru a Layer bag and have seen a decrease in egg production already the last 5 days!

    And I don't like it one bit! [​IMG]

    Lisa
     
  3. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait a minute! I was wondering this earlier tonight (had to get another bag of feed for the new babies and I got to actually reading the bags of the other 2 purina products and it sparked the wheels in my head to turning)...so you have been feeding a blend of Layena AND Flock raiser? I mean, I still have a little while before I even think about seeing any eggs, but I was curious...I also still feed the medicated start and grow by Purina as that is what I have a huge bag of PLUS there are new babies now anyways...so when did you switch? because now that I here this news it changes my thoughts on the feeding process....more info would be wonderful:)
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I'm all for feeding Flock Raiser to all ages. I offer oyster shell free choice on the side, and shells are strong [​IMG]
    I do wish it came in pellets though, coz of waste.
     
  5. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So Flock raiser = better than Layena? For all ages? So I can buy one bag for everyone? Or should I stick to the start and grow for the new chicks?
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:The only difference is that Start and Grow is medicated, while most Flock Raiser is not (check the bag of course)

    I start my chicks out on Flock Raiser from day one and they do great!
     
  7. Laurie's Silkies

    Laurie's Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why is layer feed always made with low protein (16-17%) anyway. Seems to me their feathering and overall condition would be better at 20%. I always have to mix different feeds to get the protein level I want too. I know it would jack the price up but having a choice of 17% and 20% would be nice to have.
     
  8. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

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    I love Flock Raiser! I have chickens and ducks and it is so much more simple to feed them. I also give oyster shell on the side, so I do have very strong shells. My ducks have not stopped laying for even a day since March... so I guess its ok [​IMG]
     
  9. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks thanks and thanks again! I think we shall be switching then once this other bag is gone:D Sounds like one bag to deal with will be the easiest thing for us here (well me at least since I usually do the feeding of all things furry or feathered). I'm glad someone posted about this!
     
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Laurie's Silkies :

    Why is layer feed always made with low protein (16-17%) anyway. Seems to me their feathering and overall condition would be better at 20%. I always have to mix different feeds to get the protein level I want too. I know it would jack the price up but having a choice of 17% and 20% would be nice to have.

    I think it is made as the cheapest stuff that will still make good eggs. Bare minimum for reliable egg production, if you will.
    That's my opinion of it.

    I personally went with the Flock Raiser because I free range mixed ages, but I continue to use it even when I don't have chicks.​
     

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