Laying pellets in winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chalet girl, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. chalet girl

    chalet girl In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2014
    Hi, I was wondering if feeding laying pellets in the winter is a good idea. If hens naturally don't lay in the winter maybe it's best to give them a break. What are your thoughts on this? I've only had my girls for 8 months so I'm still learning.
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    You could feed them a "multi-flock" feed and supplement with the oyster shells on the side.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto matt44644^^^^

    I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and all molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat.

    Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

    The higher protein crumble offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer.
  4. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I also never feed layer feed for the reasons aart mentioned.

    Too much calcium can be very hard on chickens, it can lead to visceral gout and kidney problems. How do you know if they're getting too much calcium? If they are eating layer feed and aren't laying eggs (molting, winter "break" or their a rooster or chick), they're getting too much calcium.

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