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What to feed my chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenhouse32, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. chickenhouse32

    chickenhouse32 New Egg

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    I have 2 rescue chickens from a factory farm, and I don't know if i should be feeding them grower or layer feed? they are not layer chicken per say but 1 has started laying an egg here and there.
     
  2. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could feed them start and grow non medicated 18 percent protein. or flock raiser 20 percent protein with oyster shell in a separate container and granite grit in a separate container or if both are laying, a layers feed 16 to 18 percent protein, 18 percent if you exceed 10 percent treats, with granite grit in a separate container. Keep treats such as scratch grains, corn and table or kitchen scraps to 10 percent or less, what they can consume in 10 to 15 minutes twice a day. If they free range and there are lots of jagged pebbles around 3/16 to a 1/4 inch on your property, you may not need granite grit. GC
    PS: Check the date it was bagged on the bottom of the start and grow, 2 months old or less is best, it doesn't sell well this time of year. Buy only what your chickens can consume in 2 months. Keep away from heat and moisture. Fresh is best. GC
     
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  3. Royweb

    Royweb New Egg

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    Greetings all. I have about 80 mature white oaks in my yard. If processed correctly can they be used as a feed supplement?
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    Acorns? I believe they need to be soaked for quite a while to get the tannins out of them. I found this article. Too late for this year, but, I may try it next year. the young Oak trees around my yard were raining acorns this year. This is the first year they've produced nuts.

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/harvesting-the-wild-acorns/
     
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    As a primary ration, no.
     
  6. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you say rescue and not primarily layers, then are they older gals?
    They will stop laying with any stress or trama such as re homing etc.
    great luck with your new ladies.
     

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