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Feeding Layers

Want to get a few opinions here...

I had been feeding layers pellets to all my laying birds until about 6 weeks ago. A local supplier talked me into an "All in one poultry mix" whic consisted of mixed grains, layers pellets, grit and aniseed oil. I expected great results, but have had nothing but problems with it. All birds are laying less, some have stopped completly, they are all scratching and hoking through it and wasting alot, there has been a lot of feather pecking and even a "murder". Needless to say they are all back on layers pellets now and the situation has improved.

I would like your opinions here, what do you feed your laying birds?? Have you ever experienced any problem like I just described?? Could I have done anything differently which would have helped them accept the new feed??

Orior
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

If there is a mixed feed of any sort the hens will pick and scratch through it to find their favorite bits. I had some bit of wheat mixed in with the layer pellets and the feeder was nearly emptied of pellets onto the floor in their search for the wheat. When they eat only one part of the mixed diet they don't get a complete diet and will over time suffer some degree of malnutrition.
Secondly, any change in diet should ideally be made gradually over about a week (or more), starting with a little of the new feed and adding more daily until the changeover to new feed is complete.
I haven't had any aggression in my birds over feed, but I have found that a good quality complete diet is essential for general health and wellbeing, particularly for laying hens and for breeding birds coming into their season.

Susan Mc
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Put out different feeders in the pen with different feed in each. I have wheat, layers and rolled oats in different feeders and they eat what they want then.

vin1971
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I feed them ground maize and find it brilliant for laying results an egg every day from each hen i have and even an egg a day from the hen pheasants.

Dylan99
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I mix layers barrel and wheat together and i find all my birds go for the barley and wheat before the layers and they lay brilliant everyday.

Ballinabarney
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Ifeed them glambia gain feeds mixed with rolled barl ey
Plenty of eggs

Michael Sherman
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I mix rolled oats, rolled barley and flaked maize.Corn or maize is a chickens favourite.I have seen chickens take good quality grain and leave the pellets. This usually happens with mine. I do find the do much better with mixed grains and the eggs are tastier to eat. eggs are plentiful, hens are very happy and content and cost wise it can workout cheaper to feed them this way.

roostercroweburn
Thursday, April 27th, 2017

mine just have layers ad lib, with scratch feed of whole wheat before roost, free range all day.
oats are a heating food, an not needed in the summer, there is no goodness in barley, an maize makes them fat! all ok if just fed as a scratch feed, cheap is not always better, but everyone to their own.

pearl
Friday, April 28th, 2017

I,m shocked,amazed and appalled all at the same time that not one person has mentioned probably the most important thing a layer or any fowl need apart from good quality food in their diet......CLEAN FRESH WATER !!!!

80% of a birds body is made up of water.
And it still amazes me that so little importance is attached to that once simple thing that can make such a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of fowl whether they are layers or show birds !

nama-man
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Sure water is important, nothing can survive without it.
However, the question was about feed and feeding.

Susan Mc
Friday, April 28th, 2017


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