Opinions needed on my laying feed thought....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by goodbull92, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. goodbull92

    goodbull92 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, my pullets are only 3.5 wks right now but I have been researching feed options for when they start laying. I purchase a 14% all-stock pellet for my other livestock in bulk. It is 14% protein & 1.5 - 2.0% calcium. I get it for about $4-$5 cheaper per 50# than the 16% laying pellets. My thoughts are that I can add oyster shell to the feed to add any needed calcium.

    This would make it easier & cheaper on my trips to the feed store....Will it be ok?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    14% protien is too low. They need at least 16% and many of us use 18 or 20% formulations. Perhaps you could find a supplement to mix in, but then it'd likely end up as expensive as just buying layer food.
     
  3. goodbull92

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    I was afraid that 14% would be too low for protein in laying hens. I also figured that if I had to supplement the protein to get it to say 16-18% i would probably negate the price diffence.....I think I will just call my local feed mill & see if they have any laying feed in bulk.

    Thanks for the input & advice!
     

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