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Layer Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mylilchix, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    My girls have just started to lay, so we're switching to layer feed. The feed store carries 2 types of feed one with 16% protein and the other with 20%. Which protein amount should I go with?

    Thanks, Sonja
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I always go with the highest protein since it also helps with feather growth as well as other things. In summer free rangers may not need the higher protein, but winter is upon us.
     
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Thank you very much for your help! I'm also wondering if there is any difference between layer feeds. In our area the feed stores carry Ranch Way, Nutrena, Land o Lakes, Purina, and Manna Pros Family Farm feeds.

    Sonja
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

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    They can get by with either but I would go with the 20% if the difference is price is not that much, the extra protien will help them continue to grow, and give them better feathers etc... If difference is outrageous, then 16 it is.
     
  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    You'll find that which feed is best is a matter of opinion. I'm not familiar with most of the brands you mentioned, but I have used Purina and was disappointed. I have switched to Nutrena just this past week when I realized that of all the feeds I can buy here, it is the only one with animal protein. The others have soy, which I try to stay away from. Also, chickens were created to eat bugs and stuff so, I think, animal protein is more natural for them. imho.
     
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Quote:You should check your label again as Nutrena does not use animal proteins. The only food that I am aware of that is made in mass production that has animal proteins is Purina Gamebird Breeder.

    To the OP, I have found through trial and error in my neck of the woods that Purina is the best for quality eggs and hatching ability. Unfortunately it is very expensive.
     
  7. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I've been switching between Ranch Way and Purina with my flock. It just depends on which feed store I'm closest to when we need food. [​IMG] I've been happy with the Purina Start & Grow. The layer feeds in the area range in price b/n $14.29 and $14.99 for a 50lb. bag, so it's not too huge of a price difference. I know the Ranch Way feed is at 20% protein and the Purina is 16%. I'm not too sure what the Land o Lakes and Nutrena are at though.

    Sonja
     
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I have been buying the Nutrena because it is about $4.00 per bag cheaper, but the shell quality has diminished on my eggs. My birds have also been molting for about six weeks now too, which is kind of excessive.

    If you check your labels you will see a difference in the ingredients. One of the most important vitamins animals need is D3 and the Nutrena mentions vitamin D but not specifically D3.
     
  9. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    That helps! Do you knoe if the Purina has it?
    Sonja
     

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