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"Poultry Feed" vs. Chicken Feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mipsy6, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. mipsy6

    mipsy6 In the Brooder

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    A friend of ours gave us a 10lb bag of "poultry feed" as a gift recently, and I am not sure if and how to use it. There's not a lot of info on the bag, but it is labeled as a feed for all kinds of poultry including chickens, turkeys and ducks. (There is no nutrition information on the label. It's from a local mill: Kruse's Perfection Brand Poultry Feed.)

    I have two RIR hens. One of them started laying yesterday, unexpectedly since she's 18 weeks old. Her egg was VERY soft though, which I suspect is because she was eating grower feed and didn't get enough calcium.

    I want to go get some layer feed today, but the store nearby that sells it isn't open, so I thought I might mix some of this poultry feed in with the grower crumbles. Is that okay? The feed itself kind of looks like starter feed mixed with cracked corn and some other larger grains.

    I am also going to give them some baked egg shells for added calcium.

    My hens also free range for between 30 mins and 2 hours every day.

    Do you think it's okay to start feeding them a mix of poultry feed and grower feed, with eggshells on the side? Or should I get some layer feed right away?
     
  2. If your birds aren't on a "show" diet, I'd feed it to them, and wouldn't even worry about getting another bag of feed just yet. Why go buy a new one when you have one right there?

    Soft shells in a new pullet aren't that uncommon. Supplement with eggshells or oyster shell and they will firm up like they should.
     

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