What to feed my hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by vtara16, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. vtara16

    vtara16 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2009
    North Hampton
    What type of feed does everyone use. I am new at this, would like to know what everyone uses. thanks
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Hi and welcome to BYC!
    Are your hens of laying age? If so, you'll do well to feed them layer feed.
    The usual feeding program goes something like this:
    Hatch to 6 to 8 weeks - starter feed (medicated or if you prefer, unmedicated)
    8 weeks to laying age - grower
    In some places seperate grower is not available, in which case you feed the starter/grower until 18 to 20 weeks.
    18 to 20 weeks or when you get your first egg - switch them to layer feed.
    It's a good idea to offer oyster shell for laying hens as a calcium supplement.
    ETA: There's a treat chart at the top of the feeding and watering category to give you an idea of some extras and/or leftovers that your chickens would enjoy.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009

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