Purina Layena Plus - No Grit Required

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thisjed, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. thisjed

    thisjed Out Of The Brooder

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    The description for Purina Layena Plus says "complete feed - no oyster shell or grit required." Just wanted to make sure I'm reading it right (dumb question perhaps since it's right there in black and white), but I don't need to offer grit if using this feed??? Anyone here use this feed? Thanks!
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Layer feed contains more than enough calcium to meet the needs of actively laying hens. And since feed is water-soluble so no grit is needed for digestion. However, if your birds eat things other than feed, they will need grit.
    Also, layer feed is formulated for actively laying birds only, so only feed it if every single bird is producing eggs.
     
  3. thisjed

    thisjed Out Of The Brooder

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    This explanation makes a lot of sense, thanks! I live in town, so my hens will be limited to the run as far as foraging goes. They'll likely get table scrapes every so often - so, will keep grit available and let them use as needed.

    My oldest group is almost 6 weeks with the second group a couple weeks behind them. I wasn't transitioning from starter feed to laying feed until 18 weeks???

    Would you say I'm getting sucked into good marketing on the Plus front and a "standard" laying feed is fine? The cost difference is about $0.10 per pound.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Unmedicated starter, all flock, or flock raiser can be fed for the entire lifetime. There is absolutely no reason why you NEED to ever feed layer feed, as long as you provide your layers with a source of calcium. There is no magic ingredient in layer feed. It's just regular feed, with less protein and a whole lot more calcium. And it's formulated to be the only source of nutrition. Too many extras and treats and you can end up with protein deficient birds that start egg eating or eating each other's feathers. For most backyard flock keepers, it's not the best choice.
     
  5. lilmarie84

    lilmarie84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that answers a lot for me as well I looking to get a small backyard flock this will be my first time having chickens and we are looking to get dual purpose chickens at that and I have been trying to figure out what to feed them to have good healthy eggs but also make it to where they would also be nice size to be put on the table
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Keep in mind, dual purpose breeds will not look like the Cornish Cross you get at the grocery store once processed.
     
  7. lilmarie84

    lilmarie84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand that, I have been doing a lot of research on it because this will be my first time having chickens and I don't want to make too many mistakes
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    While grit is not needed for the digestion if the feed, thete are benefits to providing age appropriate grit at all stages of development.
     
  9. lazy gardener

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    What she said!!!!
     

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