what is the best feed for everyday use?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kat1117, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. kat1117

    kat1117 Chirping

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    Im a new comer to raising chickens. I have read lots of ways that you guys are feeding and giving treats to your flock. I have been feeding scratch to my flock as a feed not a treat now that seems to be wrong. They free range most days unless I'm gone so I would like to know what is a good quality feed for my flock? Is laying pellets right or wrong? Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Scratch is meant to be a treat and only take up 10% of their daily diet. It's fattening and provides warmth so you should feed it more often in winter. 16-18% layer feed is healthy for laying hens. It provides them with the nutrients they need to lay and produce eggs. But they don't have to eat layer feed to produce healthy eggs. You can still feed them a flock raiser, a 18-20% starter/grower or even a game bird feed and still get eggs.. Layer feed is just what's recommended.
     
  3. kat1117

    kat1117 Chirping

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    Is laying feed OK for the rooster?
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    With a mixed flock - ie the rooster and, since he is there, any chicks you may hatch that are with the flock before the age of laying, etc - I would use a flock raiser ration and offer oyster shell for your laying birds to take as needed (which I actually would offer regardless of ration because even w/layer ration having higher calcium content I prefer to allow my birds access to extra if they feel the need the take it on)
     
  5. kat1117

    kat1117 Chirping

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    Thank you for the information I guess I'm on my way to tractor supply for new food. I am learning so much from this site and you folks who have lots of knowledge and who help new comers like me. Thank you
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Layer feed is ok for roosters. But mixed flock is good for all for all of them so you may try that instead.
     
  7. kat1117

    kat1117 Chirping

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    OK thank you so much.
     
  8. nsa19

    nsa19 In the Brooder

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    What feed do you think would be ideal for 2 month old turkeys and a few 5.5 month old bantams? All 7 birds are in the same coop.
     
  9. Chris09

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    Layer Feed is meant for laying hens (hens that are laying eggs) not roosters, growing stock, chicks or even hens that are not laying do to season, molt etc.
    Too much Calcium in any non-laying fowl is bad and can lead to kidney problems.
    If your a flock that has a rooster/s in it you would be far better feeding a Starter/Grower than a layer feed and offering oyster shells on the side.
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Your turkeys should to be on a game bird feed and one that is around 19 to 30 percent protein.
     

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