what to feed the non-layers during winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MissClaraCluck, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. MissClaraCluck

    MissClaraCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    Two of my hens are laying while the other two are not. Will the layer feed be detrimental to them if they are not laying eggs?
     
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    It will not harm them, but if they're still growing it may not provide sufficient nutrition for that growth.
     
  3. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] if they are not laying and are free ranging in the day I would feed them scratch grains it will produce body heat for them when its cold..
     
  4. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Scratch grains are deficient in almost all areas of nutrition for every stage of life. They are a treat and should be fed as such if at all.
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Flock Raiser crumbles, 25% scratch feed, 10% whole corn, 10% BOSS.
     
  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    thats true but my free rangers do get treats I was advised it produces heat in them for the winter.... is that correct?
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I still feed mine layers or flock raiser during the winter and have never had a problem.
     
  8. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feed mine complete layer as well but do give them scratch as a treat... but did not know if that was true or not about producing heat in there body. I have never had a problem with mine either
     
  9. Olive Hill

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    No, scratch grains do not heat chickens up. They are mostly made up of easily digestible carbohydrates which can be valuable in the winter when animals require more energy, but not more overall nutrition, to cope with the frigid temperatures, but that value has nothing to do with a direct effect on body temperature.
     
  10. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    ok thanks for the info. like I said did not know if it was true or not. it didnt sound right to me but was unsure....
     

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