New Member from Arizona

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
If they are layers, they should be on a good brand of layer feed, with a side dish free -choice offering of crushed oyster shell to meet their calcium needs. Good is not a good choice for them except in very small amounts as a rare treat only.

Yorkshire Coop

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Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Aug 16, 2014
United Kingdom
My Coop
My Coop
Hi :welcome

Glad you could join the flock! X3 a good quality layer feed is best for layers to give them all the nutrients they need. Mine get scratch but as a treat and not the main diet. They have layer feed available at all times in a feeder. Here is a lovely section on feeding your chickens from the learning centre
What breed/s do you have?

Be sure to ask any other questions you may have around the forum, there is a section for all things poultry.
Enjoy BYC :frow

Michael OShay

5 Years
May 14, 2014
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. The other members have given you some good advice regarding feed. Scratch and corn should be used only as treats and treats should comprise less than 10% of a chicken's diet. Feeding them too many treats will make them fat and unhealthy. It's the equivalent of us eating potato chips and candy bars. Commercial feeds are specially formulated to meet all of a chicken's nutritional requirements. There is a good article at on feeding chickens at different ages. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your hens.

Mountain Peeps

Jesus is my life
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Apr 23, 2014
My Coop
My Coop
Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

Like the other members have said, hens require layer feed. There are many kinds. 18% and 16% protein in layer feeds are the best to buy. I would recommend nature wise layer feed.

Good luck finding some food.

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