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What do you feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by smk2010, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. smk2010

    smk2010 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 25, 2010
    What do you feed your layers? I was going to do a poll but couldn't quite figgure it out...

    1. Layer crumbles?
    2. Layer pellets?
    3. Scratch/grains?
    4. Table scraps?
  2. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Nutrena pellets. They waste far too many crumbles.
  3. smk2010

    smk2010 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 25, 2010
    I just started using pellets because the crumbles looked too much like the bottom of the chicken coop, and when they start digging and shooting dirt everywhere, it all looks the same. As you said, "too much waste". Problem is they don't seem to like the pellets as much as the crumble. I'd assume they will adjust to it sooner or later. We also toss them a little scratch every morning as well.
  4. sparrker

    sparrker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2011
    Baldwinsville, NY
    Mash, from a local feed mill, they seem to like it. And we supply the corn to the mill
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  5. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    I've been using layer crumbles, but I think I'm going to start feeding them layer pellets. Less waste, just hope my bantams can eat them. I also feed them scratch, bird seed, oyster shell, grit, plenty of green things and yes yummy human food.
  6. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Container 1:Layer pellets. Not crumbles because they spill less with the pellets.
    Container 2:Waterfowl feed because I have ducks not chickens.
    Container 3:Oyster shell for nice hard shells.
    Container 4:Grit for good digestion.

    and a little bit of BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds), sprinkled on the food or ground because its good for the birds and the birds love them.
    and a sprinkle of brewers yeast for extra B vitamins.
    Fruit and vegetable trimmings I have. (lettuce, tomato, celery, cabbage, etc) (never any avocados or onions)

    Plus they free range in my yard/garden getting grass, weeds and bugs.
  7. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    San Martin, Ca
    I was able to figure out how to save on my feed bill. I no longer feed commercial layer feed. I feed the following whole oats, whole barley, millet, cracked corn, wheat, BOSS, cooked peas (this is for protein).
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    This is very similar to what I feed (see my BYC page if interested):
    rolled oats
    split peas
    unsalted peanuts
    cracked corn
    rolled barley
    kelp meal for salt
    oyster shell and grit mixed in

    Nice to see others feeding the whole grains/seeds too! [​IMG]
  9. smk2010

    smk2010 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 25, 2010
    Wow - Thanks for the ideas! I might have to look into making my own feed too. With the cost of chicken feed going up up up - that might be the way to go.

    Anyone else have home made chicken feed recipes? What are the best forms of protein? How about soy?
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Layer mix;
    Corn, a 38% Mixer Pellet, and Molasses.
    Breeder Mix;
    Corn, Wheat, a 38 and 32 percent mixer pellet, Alfalfa Meal, Black Oil Sunflower Seed, and Molasses.
    Chick Starter;
    Corn, and a 38% Mixer Pellet all is ground to a meal.
    Corn, Oats, a 38 and 32 percent mixer pellet, and Molasses.

    The best form of protein for chickens is animal proteins, either pork, beef, poultry, or fish and the second best would soy bean meal.

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012

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