mild winter in upstate ny..what is the best thing to be feeding my flock of 50

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sarah41374, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. sarah41374

    sarah41374 Out Of The Brooder

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    Like slot of the country.. we have had a very mild winter... No much snow..and the grass is still mostly. Green...I am currently. Feeding my flock cracked corn and layer crumbles..also so organic corn meal and tridicale... Also..since they have been free ranging and pasturing all winter how much do they need to eat...thanks..I am getting 24-35 eggs per day...51 total..47 layers
     
  2. sarah41374

    sarah41374 Out Of The Brooder

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    Half corn half layer crumbles? Or is there something else they need?
     
  3. stoutsfarm

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    sounds like the same weather we are having here in N.C., our flock is getting the same ration as yours with the exception of adding 50%cracked corn,50%oats, and then adding this to layer crumbles and all of ours are doing fine, so i think you are on the right track, we've done this ration for about 50 years here on the farm, and it's worked so far, so i guess it will work for you also
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    We have also had a mild winter and our birds have had way more outside time than normal this winter.

    As for the feed, I just cannot save a dime buying plain cracked corn or oats. So, I don't bother. I just feed the complete diet layer mash. I do "spice" it with re-constituted alfalfa pellets for greens. These are very cheap, go a super long way, and provide 16% protein and lots of color to the yolk. If I feed too much of the "other stuff" I gotta keep an eye on the calcium intake, however.
     

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