Special Feed for the Laying hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sweetappleacres, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. sweetappleacres

    sweetappleacres Songster

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    Hello all! I had read somewhere I'm supposed to give the laying hens special feed... is this true? And what kind?
     

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Yes, once hens start laying you should give them a layer ration as well as oyster shell. It sold by various companies but generally called Layer Mash or Layer Crumble.
     
  3. Rubyroo1

    Rubyroo1 In the Brooder

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    Layer feed contains calcium needed for hens. Hens need calcium for strong egg shells. You can crush egg shells & sprinkle it in their food (as a powder) for bonus calcium.
     
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  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Or, you can feed them a good Raiser or Grower and just offer the calcium source on the side. Layer is essentially just Grower with the additional calcium added. No biggie. Whatever your preference is.

    BTW all feed contains some calcium.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013
  5. Rubyroo1

    Rubyroo1 In the Brooder

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    Do not feed layer feed 2 chicks!! The calcium can damage their kidneys. Hens need more calcium than roosters, so I would give them (roosters) grower.
     

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