Do chick­ens need to have lay­ers feed?

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Q Do I have to give my hens lay­ers feed?

Andy Cawthray says: Feed­ing chick­ens for egg pro­duc­tion is quite dif­fer­ent from feed­ing young grow­ers or ta­ble birds. In fact, us­ing the cor­rect feed is an in­te­gral of any pro­duc­tion sys­tem, whether it be small or large, for eggs or meat, or or­ganic or tra­di­tional, and rais­ing birds in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tions is all for naught if the feed they con­sume does not pro­vide the right nu­tri­ents at the right lev­els. Whilst the gen­eral prin­ci­ples and in­gre­di­ents are sim­i­lar, feed for­mu­la­tions do vary en­sur­ing that the birds re­ceive the cor­rect di­etary build­ing blocks in the cor­rect quan­ti­ties to main­tain their health and, in the case of lay­ing hens, to pro­duce high-qual­ity eggs in good num­bers.

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