layers-mash - pellets??

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« on: February 17, 2007, 18:42 »
hello all :D . new 2 hen keeping, i`m currently feeding my chooks on mixed corn, i`m considering feeding - layers mash/pellets :? .there seems 2 be a lot of waste with the mash(dusty food) ?? . are pellets a better idea??. cheers all. :?:

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 20:50 »
Hello zook, welcome to the site, pellets are much less wasteful than meal,
i give my hens pellets in the morning, and corn in the evening, i've also got a endless supply of greens from the local farm shop, and they have these every day, muntjac will be along soon, to give he's views on pellets :lol:  :lol:  :wink:

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007, 21:00 »
Hiya Zook ! don't feed your hens on just mixed grain they will get fat and not lay! My 3 just get a handful of grain last thing before I lock them up, and pellets are always availabe. Read Muntjacs Blog on keeping hens it will help you no end in this most rewarding of pastimes. http://www.chat.allotment-garden.org/viewtopic.php?t=1688
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 21:17 »
To lay they need more protein than you get in just mixed corn  :!:

How many hens are you keeping  :?:
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007, 22:24 »
Don't buy cheap pellets or mash - they put some real dodo in them (look in PP, Dec issue I think?).  Buy a good quality brand. after all, you get out what you put in and I don't want to eat junk!

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2007, 23:00 »
To right monty tom I buy organic pellets for mine pay about £5.50 a 20kg bag at my local farm.

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2007, 00:08 »
if your mash is dusty ,are you t mixing it with water ,? and are you feeding to much
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007, 17:13 »
4 all the replies :D  i currently keep 12 bantams , they stay out all day and fly upto the hen house at dusk,they have the free run of my plot(300 square yds). they lay ok :D  but i have only ever fed them with mixed corn,with layers pellets,peas,maize and the like mixed in. after reading a few posts from here :?:  i thing i should be giving them - a healthier diet??. cheers again.

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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2007, 22:30 »
Quote from: "richyrich7"
To right monty tom I buy organic pellets for mine pay about £5.50 a 20kg bag at my local farm.


That's a really good price!  My last lot cost me about £9.

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2007, 19:58 »
Hi all

not got chooks yet

but when buying finch seed at merchants asked price of layers and think they were about £3.50ish for  20 kg are these going to be rubbish?

why do you buy organic monty and how are you sure they truly are

are you not buying into the thought of an organic lifestyle and paying the price!

are there facts available about whats in each brand of layers  and what the chooks actually benefit from

NOT having a personal dig just a newby in search of some answers

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not organic    but still a nice bloke

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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2007, 21:34 »
These are the brand I buy:

http://www.smallholderfeed.co.uk/products.htm

Bit of info about ingredients used on there too.  I am not too sure about checking the content of the pellets/mash, but would be sceptical about cheap.  But I suppose it's all about what you want personally, and what you are willing to pay, but not obviously be ripped off.

I don't have many birds and I can't forsee me buying any more feed for ages (got a 20Kg sack well before Christmas), so the cost is fairly minimal to me in that respect.  Would probably be different if I had to buy it every few weeks!

Hope that helps a bit.  The choice is yours...     :wink:

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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2007, 21:35 »
you can contact lots of suppliers of pellets and the like in practical  poultry magazine  and they will willingly give you details jack russel mate .incidenntly , practical poultry have a website of thier own based on the magazine  with loads of suppliers and other info  :)

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2007, 22:06 »
http://www.marriagefeeds.co.uk/farmyard_layers_pellets_mash.htm

this is what I feed my chooks costs about £6.50 per sack

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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2007, 22:07 »
Think mine are spillers don't know, I empty them out into a plastic bin soon as I get them.

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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2007, 22:13 »
Always keep an eye on the use by date.  Vitamin content goes down as the get older  :!:



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