Over the past couple of months my chickens were fed different types of feed along with their laying mash. During this observation the hens were between 7 – 8 months old.
Time of year during this observation was August – early October. Daytime temps ranged between the mid 80s – mid to upper 90s.
Oats, hen scratch and laying crumbles
For close to a month the chickens were given a 4 – 5 ounce scoop of feed oats, 4 – 5 ounces of hen scratch, a 3 – 4 ounce scoop of crushed oyster shell for calcium. Free access to Arrow Feeds poultry laying crumbles was provided at all times.
The Hens were let out of the coop early in the morning right around sunrise. The mixture of feed oats, hen scratch and ground oyster shell were spread over the ground for the chickens to pick up.
Egg production slowly dropped until the hens were laying around 5 – 6 eggs a day.