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We have layers now at 21 week old, what to feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mommysongbird, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    This is what our mill carries (just copied and pasted from their web site)


    We stock Starter & Grower Crumbles in 25 lb and 100 lb bags.

    We also stock Lay Crumbles and Lay Pellets, both in 25 lb and 100 lb bags.

    We have Hen Scratch (a mix of wheat and cracked corn) in 25 lb and 100 lb bags.

    We have Whole Corn (100 lb bags), Cracked Corn (100 lb bags)

    and Intermediate Cracked Corn (20 lb and 100 lb bags).

    Should I just get Lay crumbles (they are on grower crumbles now) OR

    Should I buy lay crumbles and hen scratch and cracked corn????

    Our mill is not open today, but one of our local grocery stores (family owned) carries some of the feeds at their store, so I thought I would just go there are buy a bag for now. I know they carry the Hen Scratch, and maybe the layer food.

  2. abercrombie575

    abercrombie575 Songster

    Feb 9, 2010
    I feed mine layer pellets. The layer crumbles seem to get lost on the ground... if they knock the pellets out onto the ground they can still see it to eat it. I also give scratch in the cold months as a treat. I have read that you don't want to feed scratch in the warm months because corn raises the body temp. I also throw out leftovers and end pieces of veggies from the kitchen.
  3. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Quote:Thanks, I have never read that about scratch. I also give them stuff from the kitchen, veggies and fruits and such.
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    I would get the layer pellets and mix it in with the last of your crumbles. They may turn up their noses at the pellets at first.

    As far as scratch, mine get a few handfuls tossed in the run every morning all year 'round and we get plenty hot here in the summer. Personally I don't think it raises body temp substantially enough to make a difference. Especially if they are only getting a little bit as a treat.
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Quote:I agree with the others, pellets when you switch. We have used the method above with fussy pullets and the mixed pellets and crumbles was something they saw as a treat and they would pick the pellets out first thinking they were getting away with something [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  6. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Songster

    Jun 13, 2011
    I stuck with the crumbles, just changed to "layer" crumbles. I have the feeder hanging from the ceiling of the coop about 12 inches or so off the ground and they don't seem to waist any. I also give a few hand fulls of scratch in the run daily as a treat and it's HOT here. Didn't seem to affect them at all, not that I noticed anyway. They also get plenty of treats from the kitchen and refilled waterers several times a day to keep it nice and cool.[​IMG] (They free range too durning the day)
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  7. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Well, all the store had was layer crumbles, so I went ahead and got that and I will pick up a back of pellets before this is all gone along with the scratch later next week.

    Thanks all.

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