Stop the layer feed during molting?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ShelleyN, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. ShelleyN

    ShelleyN Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    Denver, CO
    I've read how it's not good to start layer feed when chickens are too young to lay. I've got two girls who haven't laid an egg in weeks--since the first feather floated softly to the ground. Only one is laying and there is oyster shell available. Should I get a small bag of grower till they start laying again?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You can go either way. I personally would feed a slightly higher protein feed, somewhere around 20% to assist in re-growing feathers, which a mainly protein themselves.
    If the grower is 20%? Great. Usually a Flock Raiser type product is 20%. By offering shells on the side, you could essentially feed them any chicken feed product.
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    they would be fine on the layer. that way you don't need to change up thier feed to much which is easier on them AND you. higher protien snacks might do them good, however, but they aren't necessary.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You can go either way. I usually buy a higher protein product (Flock Raiser) and mix that in with my layer feed...

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