Now that chickens are laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ddcarter, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. ddcarter

    ddcarter Hatching

    Mar 13, 2015
    Now that my ladies are laying thier eggs, do i need to change thier food? They are on the crumbles now.
  2. hellokittyfive

    hellokittyfive In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2015
    Hi - they should be on a layer feed if they are 18 weeks or over. It has extra nutrients in it for laying hens.
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home! x2 on the advice hellokittyfive has given you!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

    What kind of crumbles?
    Different nutritive formulations can come in crumbles and/or pellets and/or mash.
    Protein and calcium levels are the most important levels, you can read on the label what they are.
    Laying birds need about 4% calcium and a minimum of 16% protein.

    I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and all molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat.

    Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

    Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.

    The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer.

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