Feed for laying hens
I would like to make my own layer chicken feed instead of buying premixed from the farm store, do you have a recipe for this?
Here is my recommended ration just for laying hens:
Coarsely ground mixed grains including corn, barley, oats — 53.5 pounds
Wheat bran or rice bran — 17 pounds
Soybean meal or cottonseed meal — 15 pounds
Meat meal, fish meal or soybean meal if not available — 3 pounds
Alfalfa meal — 4 pounds
Bone meal — 2 pounds
Milk powder (not needed if vitamin supplement is balanced) — 2 pounds
Ground limestone, oyster shell — 3 pounds
Trace mineral salt — .5 pound
Vitamin supplements supplying 200,000 I.U. vitamin A, 80,000 I.U. vitamin D3, and 100 mg. riboflavin
Giving a total of 100 pounds — Jackie
I have a broody hen. I have taken her out of the nest box a few times though the last time she didn’t even stay out to eat or drink just headed back in. Any suggestions how to get her to stop sitting and start laying again?
Some hens can be very persistent. Where are they when I want to set a clutch of eggs? To break up her setting, remove any eggs and take her out of the box. If necessary, completely shut the box off. You could also try moving her to another area for a couple of days. I’ve put hens in the goat barn, the hay shed, and other poultry houses. The change usually breaks up this habit. — Jackie