My feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by redrooster99, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all I was just wondering if i could switch my chickens from layer crumbles to scratch feed, and oyster shells. With greens ( because I free range them somewhat and they have a large run all the time.
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    No, the layer feed has all the nutrients that your birds need.
    Scratch, free ranging and oyster shells wont have enough nutrients.
     
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  3. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I was wanting to do it because I don't like the way the layer feed looks, it looks to processed if you know what I mean.
    Can you think of any other option. Thank you for your reply.
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Good quality fresh layer feed is the best option. It's processed to combine the ingredients thoroughly so the birds don't just pick out the yummy bits and unbalance their diet. Mary
     
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  5. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ok I'll just stick to that
     
  6. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the difference between organic layer and regular layer
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Certified organic is produced without herbicides or pesticides; there is a formal (and expensive) process that must be done to advertise and sell as organic. Products not certified organic may have been raised with herbicides and/or pesticides, or not, but the producers haven't gone through the formal program. Most grains in the US are from fields that are treated in some way, unless certified organic. Mary
     
  8. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I stand corrected, and fully realize that "natural" and "non-toxic" are far from the same thing! I don't do certified organic, but do minimize the use of such products. Mary
     
  10. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes in my gardens I use stuff like 10-10-10, but do not use pesticides
     

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