what is laying mash and do hens really need it?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by the3ofus+oursixchicks, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    ok a friend gave me chicken starter he said it was laying mash. on the bag it says chickens starter like what i gave them when they were babes. they are now 21 weeks old. is this the same thing as laying mash?
  2. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Songster

    May 7, 2011
    laying "mash" is just a term for layer "crumbles". your chick starter is a crumble also so therefore a "mash" but is not formulated for laying hens. Some ppl use the term laying mash interchangably for any crumble feed. At least in my experience in my part of the country.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011
  3. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chirping

    The formulation of layers mash/crumble is designed to meet the nutritional needs of adult chickens. Chick crumb is designed to meet the needs of very young chicks. So yes, you need to feed your 21 week old chickens layers mash/crumb. Layers pellets are the same thing, just in a different format.

    Don't forget they need grit too, to help them digest their food (some people including me give them broken oyster shell which you can get from the poultry/agricultural supplies store). Its nice if you can feed them greens too. If you don't use any chemicals on the lawn, they enjoy the clippings; our chickens absolutely love lettuce - give them a whole one and let them have fun tearing it apart.

  4. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    At the feed store here, they stuff they call 'layer mash' is the stuff they mix up themselves for laying hens. But it's ground and I don't trust it (I have my reasons) so I won't be buying it. I'm planning to use prebagged crumbles.
  5. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    so do i feed my hens the chick starter? on the needing grit too. they free range most of the time i see them eating little pebbles.
  6. threecutechicks

    threecutechicks Chirping

    May 20, 2011
    Clinton, WA
    No. At 21 weeks they should be eating layer food. I get the feed at the local country store and it is a layer crumbles, the chick food is not what they need once they are begining to lay or are already laying. When my girls got to be 19 weeks, I mixed the 2 or so lbs left with the layer crumbles. Now i just need them to start laying!!!!!
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Pellets are pelleted mash/feed, crumbles are just granulated mash, and true mash is cornmeal consistency. It's all mash in different styles...if you read the ingredients it's basically the same thing, different delivery method. Chick starter is not laying mash but it's chick mash, laying mash has more calcium than chick mash. If it says chick starter, then you can feed it to your chicks.

    Yes, laying age hens need layer feeds and that will be mash~in the form of mash(meal), crumbles or pelleted. If you don't want to feed laying mash then you can feed general flock rations with oyster shell free choice...but it will still be mash, just not layer mash, and flock ration generally just comes in crumble or pellet form.
  8. sssharon

    sssharon Chirping

    Apr 30, 2014
    I bought a big bag of crumbles the first time and should have stuck with it. The next time I bought pellets because I thought they would like it better. NOT!!!

    So last night I got out my blender and ground up the pellets and added some squirrel corn that I had from last year. They love it. My chickens are sure spoiled.
  9. magdalene74

    magdalene74 In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2014
    so that is a yes? Really??? Is that just for cooped chickens? Cause i always thought free range or chicken tractor chickens didnt need a lot of specialty foods...I'm wrong?
  10. they need grit and oyster shell provided on the side (unless all you have are boys)
    And poultry feed.

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