What do factory farm hens eat?

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  1. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Hello!

    I'm doing a science project and I need to find out what factory farm hens eat or more importantly what Grade A hens eat? I would really appreciate an answer asap!

    Thanks!
     
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Not shore what they eat exactly (not shore if i want to know [​IMG] ) but Probably some kind of generic cheap tasteless chicken ration. wouldn't be surprised if It contains chicken waste or even dead chickens, not to mention all the hormones and chemicals they have to feed those poor hens to keep them alive.
     
  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most companies are going to use basic ration of the same select grain products.Hormones are not allowed for use in any chickens products.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Oh please. Simply fiction. Completely incorrect on many counts. No hormones are allowed in chicken feed in the US. End of story.


    They are fed a ration prepared to meet all their nutritional needs. Agri farming is a business and the highest possible production is sought. That ration is not insignificantly different than the the same rations backyarders buy in small quantifies at their local feed stores. There are plenty of reasons to perhaps dislike large, commercial operations but there no need to fabricate nonsense.
     
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  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Yea, but it still happens. especially in Chinese chicken.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Thank you so much!! The egg companies I looked into really do feed their hens well
     
  7. mymilliefleur

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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I don't know for sure, but common sense says they get something pretty much like Layena, or any other layer feed. Lower protein, higher calcium, I think it's pretty much what most backyarders feed their layers. I'm thinking layer feed was developed for the large operations, not the backyarder.
     
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  9. glib

    glib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat corn, soybeans, fish meal and/or meat renderings, kelp and/or alfalfa, and some mineral/vitamin integrator which depends whether they are meat or egg birds. These days, also probiotics. In the future, also black soldier fly meal, since industrial production of the stuff has started. It is not a bad diet, but there is nothing fresh, no exercise, and no sunlight. Their metabolism is weak, and possibly they store more toxins into their fat due to weaker liver function or weaker gut.
     

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