Layer feed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Studio2770, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, is layer feed really necessary? My pullets should start laying soon. They are on grower/finisher feed and they free range almost all day. I may feed them egg shells or oyster shells when they start laying.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Of course not. There isn't anything magical about Layer. It is essentially a 16% protein Grower or Raiser with added Calcium, ground right in, that's it.

    Many folks prefer feeding their entire flock an All Flock, GameBird Grower or Flock Raiser to everyone. Makes life much easier. A Calcium source in a side dish for the laying hens and done.
     
  3. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I thought so. You answered my second question about calcium, I'll feed them crushed egg shells.
     
  4. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So your eggs are great even without layer feed?
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    My answer to that is, it depends. I tried putting my flock on a flock raiser type feed at one time. I have oyster shell available at all times. Problem is, I have a couple hens who apparently don't eat a sufficient amount of the oyster shell and I started getting thin shells. Put them all back on layer feed and the problem disappeared. Just something to watch for if you go that route.
     
  6. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since only 2 out of 5 of my pullets are laying, I may stick with egg shells only and wait on the layer feed. Then again, it'll be a couple weeks before the youngest starts laying, she barely has red in her face.
     

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