is this feed okayy??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pegicat9, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. pegicat9

    pegicat9 In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2016
    i will be getting some new chicks (leghorns,black australorp, plymouth barred rock) and ducklings (khaki campbells) soon (around 8-10 in total) and want to know if this is okayy to feed them once they get to their laying point?
    i will be feeding them a 16% layer pellet 24/7 in an automatic feeder unless if its better to ration it out??
    then including that i will sprout (fodder) whole oats with some black sunflower seeds or feed it whole and give them some of that for the warmer months.
    in the colder months i will sprout some whole corn and give it to them also or just raw whole corn (large can worth of them everyday)
    on top of all of this they will have an extra place where they get their crushed eggshells
    and they will also get grit, PLUS all our scraps we have a lady who sells us real cheap green veggies and they are great for chickens ! they wont be able to free range a lot but they will a few days every week so could i buy insects or meal worms or so for them?
    also everynow and then i will add a few other kinds of seeds to the mix
    i have seen so many others feeding other kinds of seeds and grains so im not sure if this is fine for chickens and ducks?
    or do you recommend something else or to add or take away something?
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    A rough 'rule of thumb' is that not more than 10 % of their diet should be treats/additives. That being said, nothing you have indicated seems to be out of line.
  3. All feed sounds fine in moderation....Laying hens have special dietary needs...Feeding to many treats can lead to many common health problems and behavioural problems....Layers need a balanced diet in order to produce great eggs...For layers-Treats at 5% of daily ration, meaning a Tablespoon a day...I give treats once or twice a week...

    Best of luck,


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