Laying pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cajunlizz, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    OK , I feed my chickens morning and late afternoon . DO the HENS have to have laying pellets EVERYDAY ? IF so , do I have to give with every feeding ?


    WHAT age can the chicks be removed off chick starter ? Mine are 10 - 12 weeks old .


    IF I have to keep on the chick starter , CAN I MIX with the chicken scratch ?


    I have also been giving bread to ALL . I have 27 chicks ( 10 - 12 weeks old ) , 4 laying hens , and 3 hens FIXING TO start laying .
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi, I would keep the chicks on starter/grower for at least 4 more weeks. Your hens need layer every day, possibly free choice. Laying eggs takes alot out of a chicken, and they really need the ingredients in the layer. I would not be feeding bread. They will fill up on that and eat less of their nutritious feed.
    You can make them a nutritious snack instead. Yogurt, instant oatmeal, water, and feed mixed . I would not give them too much scratch either
     
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:WHY NOT to much scratch ?[​IMG]
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    because scratch is like candy bars. Very little nutrition.
     
  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my girls like this....

    Laying Hens get... layer feed... free choice
    oyster shell... free choice
    and a treat each night... could be some scratch, veggie scraps, or whatever I can find!

    Pullets 3 months old... Grower 18%... free choice
    and a treat each night
     
  6. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, easy on the scratch. Too much scratch will make your birds fat if they are not allowed to roam about and burn it off. Overweight chickens can develope heart problems. A good rule of thumb is to handle your birds on a regular basis. This way you get the hands on feel of their health and well being. Good luck with your birds....
     

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