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Ooops. Bought the wrong feed.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GardenTeacher, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. GardenTeacher

    GardenTeacher In the Brooder

    Feb 14, 2014
    Hi folks!

    I accidentally ordered the wrong feed and now I'm stuck with two bags of grower feed and 9 egg-laying chickens. Can I supplement to up the protein content? I will definitely get the right feed but it might take a while to come and that one was expensive. All opinions welcome! THANKS!

    This is the feed, if it helps to know: http://www.scratchandpeck.com/product/naturally-free-grower/
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    The grower has slightly more protein than the layer, but it's fine for them. Just make sure you've got oyster shell out as well. I will be feeding grower exclusively to my flock because I'm keeping a rooster, too.
  3. Kaylish

    Kaylish Songster

    Feb 24, 2014
    Chico, CA
    x2! You'll be fine with what you have.

    I feed my flock (girls are 12 wks to 1 1/2 years plus 2 roos) starter/grower with oyster shell in a separate feeder. That way the laying girls can get the extra calcium they need to produce eggs but the younger ones and the roos don't get to much.
  4. GardenTeacher

    GardenTeacher In the Brooder

    Feb 14, 2014
    Thank you both! Putting my mind at ease.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    For sure......I like to feed an 'all flock' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat and have calcium available at all times for the layers, oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.
    The higher protein crumble offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer.
  6. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing 5 Years

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Agree just feed it. If your girls are molting like most are right now, it's a better choice.

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