What do you feed your free-range layers?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HCFarms96, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. HCFarms96

    HCFarms96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    I have eight, free-range, laying hens. We are currently feeding them laying mash but I'm wondering if that is necessary since they are free-range. What do feed your free-range hens? Would it be okay to switch to a "scratch mix" with just whole grains? We will start giving them whey soon, too.
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I feed an all-in-one, I think similar to flock raiser?, from my local grange. I offer oyster shell when I think about it, or if I notice a problem with shells. All my eggshells go back to the girls, as do all our food scraps the dogs don't eat first.

    My flock free ranged for several years, I just cooped them this last fall. I did notice an increase in my feed bill, so they had been getting a lot of food from free ranging. Course, they also had all they could eat horse poo!
  3. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2010
    Upstate New York
    I feed mine layer pellets, IMO they need that for better nutrition. Scratch is only for a treat around here and only in the colder months. If your going through a lot of feed try switching to pellets -less waste.

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