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Chickens are omnivores and can eat just about anything, making them fairly easy to please. But their diets should be rich in foods that can provide essential vitamins and minerals for them to thrive in their habitat. It's important to give your chickens the right kind of bird food that will support their nutritional needs. Is your hen ready to lay some eggs? Henny Penny Layer Blend Chicken Food is specially formulated with added calcium and protein for egg-laying chickens and is also packed with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to promote weight gain and a healthy immune system. This easily digestible chicken feed blend also encourages healthy, natural pecking and feeding instincts. The new little chicks in the flock will enjoy Brown's Encore Natural Chick Starter Baby Chicken Feed. From just hatched to 8 weeks of age, this feed is specially formulated with high levels of plant-based protein plus enzymes and probiotics to support good digestion. There's also Brown's Encore Natural Poultry Grit Plus Chicken Feed that's perfect for all poultry breeds that are eight weeks or older. This healthful formula includes charcoal to relieve upset stomachs and absorb toxic substances found in the intestinal tract and oyster shell to provide calcium for strong eggshells. Whether for newborn chicks or egg-laying hens, shop the top choice selection of high protein chicken feed, GMO free chicken feed and more for your coup here at Chewy's online pet store. With great deals on bird cages, bird toys, bird seed and even bird perches Chewy is sure to have all of the bird supplies you and your pets may need!
The best chicken feeds will vary depending on the life stage, type and purpose of your chickens. Choose from starter, grower, layer, breeder and maintenance feeds to meet the nutritional needs of different life stages. Medicated feeds can help prevent coccidiosis, while supplemental feeds can provide added probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals your chickens may need. Chickens also love treats like mealworms, black soldier fly larvae and crickets, so you can give those for taming or training, too!
You should use the amount of chicken feed recommended on the feed package for each bird every day. The average laying hen eats about a quarter pound of food (4 oz.) per day, but how much you feed will depend on the food you choose and the size and breed of your birds. You may need to adjust the amount you feed seasonally, too.
You should change the type of chicken feed when your birds reach different ages. Feed starter feed up to 10 weeks, then switch to a grower feed. At 18 weeks or after the first egg is laid, switch to a layer feed. Your chicken feed package should have some information on feeding, as well.
Yes, chicken and poultry feed does expire, usually within six months. Different types of feed may spoil more quickly or store well for longer than that, so check the package for more information. You will need to store your feed well-sealed in a cool, dry place to help it stay fresh for your chickens.