What do you feed your breeding chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tazcat70, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    What do you feed your breeders? Is this the only feed you have tried? Do you get better hatch rates with this?

    I am reading Creative Poultry Breeding by Carefoot and I was curious what others are doing? I feed a 20% layer pellet. I have decent hatches.
     
  2. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed layer crumbles plus fresh greens and worms from my worm compost. Plus they get out to free range once a week. Fairly Labor intensive. I get great fertility and hatches. I would love to hear what others do.

    Lanae
     
  3. blackred

    blackred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make sure that my 20% crumble has animal protein in it, soy protein has been proven to inhibit fertility. My feed dropped the animal protein with out me knowing about it a few years ago and it was the worst hatching season ever for me.

    I also give a vitamin solution of ADE in their water once or twice a week. I will put alfalfa in their pens for them to eat/scratch thru.
    I will mix a wheat germ oil in their feed once a week also and then I give mine a moist dog food treat ( like Gainsburger) once or twice a week.

    All of this is a routine that I go thru from February to May which is my hatching season for show birds.

    Bob
     
  4. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Thanks Bob! You shared some great information. Thank you.
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I feed the silkies 20% crumbles. I found they do best on that. I also supplement with some calicum chips/oyster shells. They also get fresh grass clippings.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Don't laugh. I mix in Turkey/Gamebird finisher. It has high protein and I've been blessed with great fertility.

    They also get to share a can of salmon every week.
     
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  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Mahonri, I was looking for the "like" button. [​IMG] I do that too... salmon (not canned, though [​IMG] ) halibut, and leftovers.
     
  8. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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    I feed the gang the leftover canned cat food after the spoiled cats lick the juice off of it. Also, the frozen generic spinach from the grocery. When the blocks start to thaw, they tuck into it. I've tried the gamebird pellets mixed with their crumbles but they pick around it. I use Purina flock raiser which has soy protein. I didn't know soy lowered fertility until I read it on the forum earlier this summer. Sigh.... it seems I pay more not to have feed with ground chicken feathers in it and I have to pay more to supplement it. [​IMG]

    Colby
     
  9. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a metal garbage can that hold 150 lbs of feed. I like to mix 16% Dunor layers, Layena, and a bag of Purina Flock Raiser. One of the bags will be pellets.
    Been doing this for a year and then some now. I have no fertility issues. I also have a small feeder with some crushed Oyster shell for the calcium.
     
  10. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I plan on feeding 20% purina gamebird layena feed with animal proteins. I hear game bird does a lot of good for chickens. I also plan on feeding manna pro pellets, red cell, and canned cat/dog food. Of course I will also feed grit and oyster shells!
     

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