Is layer pellets enough for egg production?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Newchickenguy, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Newchickenguy

    Newchickenguy In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2012
    So my hens just started laying. Besides occasional treats there main food is layer pellets I get at TSC. Does this have enough calcium for egg production. Do I have to supplement with egg shell? Keep in my I didn't ask if I can supplement but I want to know if I have to supplement with egg shell? Or is the feed I have enough?

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I believe that it may vary from hen to hen. Generally speaking, layer feed can be enough. However, you may get some that need the extra calcium. That is why it is often offered on the side and they really only take it if they need it.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    The feed is generally accepted to be enough calcium to support a laying hen's need.

    Now, you may still get odd eggs, like no shells, or weak shells, or weird lumps/bumps/ridges on the shells. I believe these are glitches in production in the hen's system, not related to calcium intake. New layers have an abundant store of calcium to draw from yet still lay these funky eggs from time to time. As long as it's once in a while, it's not to worry.

    I don't feed layer feed, I feed an all-in-one as I have various ages and both genders. I keep all my egg shells and toss them back in the run. The roosters don't eat them, the non-laying pullets don't eat them, the younger hens might peck at them but my older layers gobble them right up!

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