Winter feed and grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by skunknchatter, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    I have two laying hens who are on laying feed. Do I need to change their diet in the winter when they quit laying? Also my indian runner duck lives with my hens (thinks he's a chicken) and he just eats what they eat. Is that okay? I don't know how to seperate their feed if I need to feed him different. Also I've heard duck pellets mentioned. Anyone know where to get them. My local feed store thinks I'm crazy. And grit. Will the grit I use for my cockatiel work or does it need to be bigger. And should I just mix it in with their food? In the summer I don't give any because they are free range but now we have 9" of base snow. Thanks
  2. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Funny how we all worry so much about every detail.

    My guess would be that they need little to no grit if all they are getting is pellets/crumbles. I think they do need the grit if they are given whole/hard grains.
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Melanie is right. They don't need grit if they are only eating a commercial feed.

    You don't need to change their feed in winter, but you might look into the Purina Flock Raiser. It is for a mixed flock of poultry.

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