Use of Flock Block...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by teach1rusl, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Was in TS yesterday looking for more ways to boost protein for my girls who are moulting. I currently use sunflower seed, meat and fish, etc., but had read about game bird feed and such and wanted to check that out. I didn't realize that Flock Raiser has 22% protein vs. Layena at 16%. Since I offer free choice oyster shell, I bought a 50 lb bag of the Flock Raiser and am mixing it with the layer feed for this round. While there, a couple was going on and on about Flock Block (which I've heard mention of here on BYC) and how their chickens eat a LOT less layer feed when they keep Flock Blocks around. But these look like big blocks of scratch mixed w/other things to me. I read the label and it's only maybe 9% protein, which of course isn't going to help my girls grow feathers back any quicker. So is Flock Block mostly a treat, like scratch???? I can see offering it this winter to build up fat/energy and maybe to help with boredom, but I can't see using it to cut feed. Am I looking at this the right way??? I've always used the "candy bar" analogy when referring to scratch, and that's kind of how I see these Flock Blocks.
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, candy bar is a good analogy. Winter is the only time I would consider these.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought one the other day. I figured I'd give it to them for something to ocuppy them if the weather gets real cold. It normally doesn't where I live but it did last year. Also, thought it might warm up their belly's.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I agree, about the only thing it's good for is to give them something to do if they are cramped and bored.

    Do be aware that layer is 16% because that has been shown to be the best % for best egg production. I increase protein when they need it, too, like regrowing feathers, but don't be surprised if it cuts down just a bit on egg production. Of course, when they're moulting, you won't get a lot of eggs anyway.
     
  5. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep it's used mostly in winter. I use them too because my birds are locked up tight over winter and don't want to even think about getting snow on their feeties. It helps keep them content. I mix up layer feed with gamebird for extra protein over the winter as well.
     

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