Asked by: Jamey Nisa
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th February, 2020

When should I start giving my chickens layer feed?

Layer feeds are designed to provide optimum nutrition for birds laying eggs for consumption. Layer feeds contain 16% protein and have increased levels of Calcium, for proper shell development. Layer feeds should be fed starting around 18 weeks of age, or when the first egg is laid, whichever comes first.

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Also asked, what is the best time to feed layers?

An early flock must receive a pre-layer diet in order to meet calcium requirements, and a good and safe strategy is to start with the pre-layer diet at two weeks before the first egg is expected and continue up to 2% of lay at latest.

One may also ask, how many times a day should I feed my chickens? Lots of water. Feed your chickens at regular times each day. Chickens need to eat all day, so always have good quality feed in their pens. A good format to follow is to top their feed up in the mornings and let them out for 30-60 mins in the late afternoon.

Besides, what is the best layer feed for chickens?

The 7 Best Chicken Feeds

  • Prairie's Choice Non-GMO Backyard Chicken Feed.
  • Coyote Creek Certified Organic Feed.
  • Kalmbach Feeds All Natural Layer Crumble.
  • Scratch and Peck Feeds.
  • Brown's Layer Booster Chicken Feed.
  • Small Pet Select Chicken Layer Feed (Our Top Pick)
  • Manna Pro Organic Grower Crumbles.

Can laying hens eat grower feed?

Essentially grower feed contains a protein content that is between 16-18% but has less calcium than regular layer feed. In an egg shell, grower feed supports the continuing growth of your teenage chookies without bombarding them with unnecessary vitamins and minerals that are more suited for fully grown laying hens.

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