Will commercial feed be fine?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is commercial feed and nothing else besides water ok for chickens?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes. Commercial feed is formulated to be "complete" nutrition.

    But chickens fed some treats now and then are happier, and if their treats include fresh greens, they'll lay better tasting eggs.
     
  3. abengel

    abengel Out Of The Brooder

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    I had some problems with babies who were only on crumbles. When I added a supplement to the water , no more problems. I was so impressed I started giving it to the whole flock, and I can't believe how good they look. I use quick chick and avian 2000, both available from cackle hatchery.
     
  4. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While commercial feed is formulated for "complete" nutrition, one may ask him/herself..."complete nutrition for what?"

    For commercial chickens kept in commercial conditions, churning as many inferior eggs as possible during a brief life which ends in chicken soup.

    Just some food for thought, you may or may not be interested in a healthy questioning of the system.
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chickens are laying I would provide them with 17 % laying pellets & some greens. Also, some oyster shell in a seperate bowl. Fresh water at all times & your done.
     
  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. jaketheeggman

    jaketheeggman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes sometimes that is all mine eat
     
  8. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011
  9. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so excited about having chickens, partly because I HATE to waste food. With the chickens and the compost bin Im going to start, I think a lot more of our food will be used by something, instead of the trash can. I made salad the other night and wished I could have thrown the lettuce ends and stuff to some chickens.
     

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