What Feed can I use for a mixed flock?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kealoni, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. kealoni

    kealoni Out Of The Brooder

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    What feed do I feed for a mixed age flock?because we have younge chickens and old chickens and roosters that don't need the extra calcium as it can cause damage over time to there. body.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would probably feed a chick starter/grower feed or gamebird grower feed to the whole flock. I would also offer free-choice crushed oystershell, so that any laying hens can obtain enough calcium for strong egg shells.
     
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  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    X2 - I feed a mixed-age flock (fermented) chick starter with free choice oyster shell and grit. I've noticed an improvement in shell quality compared to when I fed dry layer feed...and the flock is very healthy.
     
  4. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Purina makes a feed called Flock Raiser. The birds seem to like it real well, and it's 20 percent protein. They have free access to oyster shell, which is in a cup hanging in the coop. I believe it comes in either crumble or pellets. I use pellets, but if I had chicks to feed, I'd feed the crumble until they were big enough to deal with pellets.
     
  5. kealoni

    kealoni Out Of The Brooder

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    We have fed that purine flock raiser but it was more money.can I just feed grower and feed them oyster shell and sun flower seeds for protein and calcium.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Sunflower seeds are more fat than protein. Oyster shell is a very good calcium source. Growing/developing chicks need a feed with at least 18% protein.
     
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, yes you can use oyster shell free choice. Sunflower seed is only 14% protein and very high in fat- pushing 30%, it's best used in moderation. I feed non medicated chick starter to entire flock until youngest birds are old enough for pellets then use turkey/gamebird finisher. Both feeds are 20% protein and only difference is form of feed, crumble or pellet.
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I feed an All Flock, if I'm raising chicks in the flock they get a non medicated grower. There's always a separate bowl of oyster shells.

    Chickens go crazy over sunflower seeds, but they can cause internal fat which can be deadly and causes things like prolapse. So I agree it should be used in moderation. Fat birds are often dead birds.
     
  9. kealoni

    kealoni Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks.is grower same as grower/finisher?
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Probably, check the protein content, it should be around 18-20%.
     

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