Senior Hen Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickensforever, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. chickensforever

    chickensforever Out Of The Brooder

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    My three hens are almost five years old now and are laying only a few eggs a week combined, and that's dropping even more (to maybe 2 a week combined) now that it's getting colder. I'm really into nutrition and I'm wondering if anybody knows of any special nutrient requirements for older hens. I doubt there's any "senior" feed like for other livestock, but has anybody tried anything for holder hens? One thing I worry about is whether too much calcium could start causing problems, since they aren't using it to make egg shells like they used to. Right now I feed them a complete layer feed and supplement it with oyster shells and treats. Thanks!
     
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    We have had special feed made for our older chickens by a feed mill. Not very sure about what was in it but the nutritionist made it for us.
     
  3. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I have taken nutrition classes but not on poultry so this is only my guess. Usually as animals get older they don't use nutrients as well and they start to need a more similar diet to when they were growing and using more nutrients. Alot of people will go back to kitten feed for senior cats or the higher protein, higher calorie feeds that they used when the livestock were growing. I'd consider mixing in some all purpose/flock raiser and/or nonmedicated chick starter or grower depending exactly what is in your area and what the numbers are on the bags to give them a boost and make sure to keep some oyster shell or other calcium out seperate if they need more than what's in their mix of feed.
     
  4. chickensforever

    chickensforever Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. [​IMG]
     

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