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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cherrylynn, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Cherrylynn

    Cherrylynn In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2016
    Hi, I'm Cherry and I am new to this site. I have found lots of information to help me learn about my girls.
    I have a mixed flock, we have 8, 5 month old birds, 18, 7 week olds, 2 ducks and 2 turkeys that are about the same age as the babies. All the babies get along great and are thriving right along. Been feeding the babies a mixture of non med chick starter and wild game feed cause of the turkeys and ducks. Starting them today on a mix of chicken feed and all flock so I am not buying all kinds of different feed for bigs and littles and they are all eating the same food. There is a bit of background and now for my question.
    When my hens start laying do I have to feed them laying pellets or would it be ok to put out some oyster shell in the feed and be good to go?

  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Crowing

    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
    I wouldn't be able to answer your question, but wanted to say Welcome to BYC!
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Not certain but, think you can put layers etc, on "grower feed," and have a container of free choice crushed oyster shell which only the laying hens would have an interest in.

    I'm sure others will have more to say.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I agree with Drumstick on that they can all have the flock raiser as long as you provide oyster shell on the side for the laying hens. Please do pop by the learning Center ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center There is a great section feeding your flock in there.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - i agree with DD and Y/coop.

    Best wishes
  6. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey @Cherrylynn I am so happy you joined our roost at BYC! I would like to welcome you with open arms! Yes this site is very helpful for all chicken related things! I hope you enjoy BYC and make sure to post pictures of your flock and give us updates on how you are doing here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates All the best of luck to you and your flock!
    Justin [​IMG]
  7. Athaid

    Athaid Songster

    Hey Cherry, welcome to BYC! I hope you enjoy your stay here - I'm sure that you will. :D Cya around.

  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    You do not ever need to feed layer feed. They can all eat a grower, all flock, or game feed. Nothing wrong with feeding everyone the same thing, as long as the overall protein content of the feed is at least 18%. Offer crushed oyster shell separately. Those that need it, will eat it. Those that don't will leave it alone.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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