Laying Pellets vs Game bird feed


Simply Stated
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
Hope Mills, NC
My FFA Advisor suggested doing a SAE comparing egg laying with laying pellets vs game bird feed. Will this mess up my hens? They aren't laying yet, but will be when I get that class second semester. I think it'd be fun to see the results, but isn't the game feed too high in protein or something like that? I want their health to come first.


In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 22, 2007
Yes the game bird feed will be higher in protein, but it wont hurt them. Instead the chickens will most likely not digest the extra protein because their bodies do not require that much. Now because game bird feed is higher protein than a layer ration, it will cost more per bag to feed. it would be interesting to see which feed is more effieient and to see if you can break even when feeding the game bird feed. you also might want to compaire the calcium content of the two feeds, hens need more to develop had shells. so another added cost when feeding the game bird food could possibly be from adding oyster shell.


Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs
13 Years
Dec 8, 2008
Glendale, AZ
I feed mine the game bird layer - it has 20% protein versus 16% protein. It does have a little less calcium, but I leave out the oyster shell mixed with eggshells for them. The reason I chose the higher protein is because my chickens do have several hours of free-range time and we hardly have any bugs for them to eat while free-ranging (thanks to all the toads & geckos + Phx is not big bug country anyway).

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