Those of you that don't feed laying pellets...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ssledoux, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. ssledoux

    ssledoux Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    what do you feed?

    My layers free-range from dawn til dusk When they go in, they have scratch grains and oyster shell (and, of course, fresh water in and out the coop). Other than that I don't feed them anything. They get scraps when we have them, and they do pick at the younger birds' starter now and then, but I offer no other chicken feed.

    I'm getting 3-4 eggs/day from 6 hens, and I have no desire to push them more than that. Is this diet okay? I'd rather they lay less now and live longer than be pushed to the max, but I want to supplement them if they need it.
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I think what you're doing is fine. How do you feed in the winter?

    I feed my bunch an all-way type of food, it's 20% protein. I generally cut that with a good scratch grain or a 14% protein gamecock blend. My birds are penned, but if I just had a pleasure flock I'd do exactly as you are doing.
  3. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Layer pellets don't push hens to lay more, they just provide the nutrition to keep them healthy and therefore laying well. How often they will lay depends a lot on the breed as well as the diet.
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    well YOUR the one eating the eggs
    they will free range for protein from bugs and worms and what ever else they can get
    they are your chickens so feed them what ever makes you feel they have sufficient feed items
    happy chicken raising
    YOU are their keeper!!
    no body else makes the rules for you and your chickens!!

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