Scraps?????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jprice2ndlt, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know if you give your chickens too many scraps will it keep them from laying as much. I have 4 hens and a rooster i an i only manage 1-2 eggs a week does this seem normal or should i cut back on the scraps.


    Thanks:)
     
  2. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    How many eggs they lay is going to be dependent upon a whole slew of things. What breed they are-some chickens just naturally lay less eggs than others. How old they are-too young, too old? How cold is it where you are? Are they in moult? What kinds of scraps are you feeding? Do they have enough water and oyster shell? Plenty of good layer feed all the time? Plenty of light every day consistently?
    I feed my chickens huge messes of scraps and bake flock blocks for them quite frequently. Takes almost a month sometimes to go through a bag of chicken food for 17 chickens because they eat so much table food but I get almost an egg a day from each girlie.
     
  3. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Buff,wyandotte,RIR,and a barred rock. 1-2 years old. I feed the dumor laying pellets 16% I have oyster shell and grit in with them. Its not to cold around here-little windy though. They are getting about 12 hours of sunlight each day.
     
  4. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    I notice the more i give scarps the less eggs i get, i still give them scraps but not as much.
     
  5. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont give them too much just maters and strawberries and such like that. i would think that 4 hens would give more that 1-2 eggs a week. maybe i should bump up.
     
  6. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I've never noticed that feeding scraps interfered with laying. My hens are great layers and I feed them scraps daily.
     

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