Homemade Feed for Laying Hens

By Louise Lawson

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Items you will need

  • 10 cups chicken scratch

  • Large bowl

  • Hot water

  • Spoon

  • ½ lb. broccoli

  • ½ lb. carrots

  • ½ lb. spinach

  • ½ lb. apples

  • Food processor

  • 6 raw eggs

  • ½ cup corn oil

  • Poultry vitamins

Warnings

  • Don’t leave uneaten food out for more than an hour. Heat will cause the oil and eggs to spoil, which can make your laying hens ill.

Tips

  • Each hen will eat approximately 1 cup of food per day, so adjust the recipe as necessary. Feed your laying hens in the morning and evening, when they are most likely to be interested in food.

Laying hens require a diet rich in fat and protein to produce a high volume of eggs. Hens lacking the proper balance of nutrients will produce fewer eggs, and the eggs they do produce will be poor quality. Commercial products are available for laying hens, but they are often too expensive for hobby chicken enthusiasts on a budget. You can make homemade, high-quality chicken feed for your hens with just a few ingredients.

Place the chicken scratch in a bowl, adding enough hot water to cover. Let the chicken scratch absorb the water and turn soft; stir occasionally with a spoon to break up clumps.

Blend the broccoli, carrots, spinach and apples in the food processor until finely chopped. Use the pulse setting on the food processor, or press the power button on and off repeatedly to break up large chunks during chopping. Add the ingredients in small batches, pouring each batch into the bowl with the chicken scratch.

Crack the eggs into the bowl, adding the egg shells to the mixture. Combine all ingredients with the spoon, stirring vigorously to break up the egg shells. Eggs and egg shells provide extra protein and nutrients necessary for proper egg production.

Add the corn oil and vitamins, mixing with the spoon to evenly distribute the vitamins. Poultry vitamins, available at livestock supply stores, add nutrients and minerals that laying hens need to produce the highest-quality eggs. This mixture will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

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Author

Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.