Laying Mash???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by whitlockj85, May 12, 2012.

  1. whitlockj85

    whitlockj85 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    I think I know the answer to this question, but recently I have heard different. Do hens require a special "laying" mash to produce eggs[​IMG]? A family member said that if I wasn't going to have a rooster then I needed to get some feed that was artificially insemenated[​IMG]. I felt like I scoured BYC and never found anything to support that. Can someone please clarify for me?
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    You can go to your local feed store and buy "laying pellets". There is no feed that can artificially insemenate eggs.
    Hens do not need a rooster to produce eggs and a rooster does not need hens to live.
    I do believe hens and roosters are happier together.
    Last edited: May 12, 2012
  3. Chicks on DL

    Chicks on DL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2012
    West Coast, Florida.
    There is a lot of information on this site about making laying mash. Personally, between working full-time and taking care of children I just don't have the time. I do feed them the stuff left over from making chicken broth, leftovers from dinner (they seem to like fish much whick is surprising). NO, absolutely not, you do not need a rooster. Mine have not seen a rooster and still lay. Seems to be a common misconception amoung non-chicken people.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Layer feed, in whatever "shape" you buy it, all starts as ground feed. It is then left coarse as "mash", made into "crumbles" or pelletized.
    Layer feed, in whatever form, does not MAKE a hen lay. It merely provides a full ration and diet of nutrients for a hen that IS laying.

    That said, a rooster doesn't make hens lay anymore than a woman needs a man to have her monthly cycle. A rooster provides the sperm to make the eggs fertile, if reproduction is desired.

    Some of the ignorance of basic 5th grade biology that exists out there is rather astounding.
    Last edited: May 12, 2012
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