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Layers sample bags?

Post by laallee » 28 May 2015, 11:08

Hi, I am currently feeding my 22 week old birds on Garvo Alfamix. They enjoy eating everything but the pellets!! As yet they have not laid an egg,,,
Does anyone please have knowledge of where I can purchase a few samples of feed to try before I waste more money?

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Post by carachick » 28 May 2015, 18:42

Some independent pet stores and market traders will weigh out various animal feeds - those kinds of places are probably your best bet (and they may be able to get some samples from their suppliers if you ask). Also manufacturers websites will sometimes offer coupons and ocassional offers if you sign up to their newsletters.

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Post by Henwife » 29 May 2015, 09:47

If you live within reach of Abergavenny or Ross on Wye, then try Baileys for small quantities of pellets. Unless they are brown hybrids, your birds may be some way off laying. Is their headgear redding up yet?
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Post by laallee » 29 May 2015, 11:27

Thank you, the head gear is getting bigger and redder,,,,

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Post by crazypianolady » 30 May 2015, 10:27

Like Henwife says, your girls are probably a bit young to be laying yet. And (forgive me if you know this!) layers pellets don't make hens lay.

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Post by organic chick » 30 May 2015, 19:29

just try mixing a few pellets in with whatever they do eat and gradually change the ratio so that ultimately there are only pellets. I can't afford Garvo and find Farmgate adequate but they come in sealed bags. It may be worth contacting Marrriages feeds and asking if they have sample packs. They are usually very helpful (We use their worming pellets)
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Post by laallee » 01 Jun 2015, 14:52

Thank you for all the comments. Alfamix has pellets in with the concoction but the birds eat all the seeds first then only when theres nothing else they will eat the pellets begrudgingly. I have stopped all the treats and will not feed them until they have eaten more pellets. The floor of the run is more pellets than sand,,,i still have a 12kg bag of alfamix which will last approx. 3 weeks so I will change the feed if they are still ignoring the pellets.
they are free ranging all day from dawn till dusk so they are not lacking an appetite, just fussy madams..

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Post by Henwife » 01 Jun 2015, 19:22

If they're free ranging all day they probably aren't hungry. All seeds are treats as far as chicken are concerned, so I'd stop worrying about them not eating pellets until the autumn. If they've got enough range, their diet will be adequate without them. Pellets were originally to supply sufficient nutrition to poultry kept with a limited, or even no, range area.
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Post by laallee » 02 Jun 2015, 13:49

we have an egg! 9am, softish, deep brown!

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Post by laallee » 03 Jun 2015, 16:04

I am pretty certain I got two eggs from the same bird this afternoon, one egg collapsed in the nest box with a paper thin shell and the other one nice and firm! Any one had this type of thing happen? Thank you once again.

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Post by CP » 04 Jun 2015, 02:35

Odd things can happen when they begin laying & this is not unknown.
They should settle down once they get into the swing of laying. ;)
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Post by laallee » 06 Jun 2015, 20:34

Well, we have two of the six laying but the eggs are getting eaten. The two layers seem to drop the eggs on the ground then immediately they all get stuck in to eating them! I've tried English mustard, chill is and Tabasco sauce inside blown eggshells but it hasn't done any good. Can anyone offer advice please.
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Post by laallee » 06 Jun 2015, 20:47

Just to add, the birds are all eating well, plenty of space and access to grit etc all day. The nest boxes were used a couple of times prior to one of the hens laying on the floor a couple of times. This give the hens a taste and now they seem to think the eggs are a special treat,,,

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Post by Henwife » 08 Jun 2015, 06:55

Acquire some golf balls from a charity shop, paint (or handle with muddy hands) to stop them being too white, drop one into each nest box and scatter any extras about the place. Sometimes this can fool them in to thinking they are impenetrable eggs & they give up trying. To do a more realistic job, you can full eggshells with plaster filler which means you need to sandwich the 'lid' on, so leave space for this. As you can tell - been there, done that, and it's much cheaper than buying dummy eggs...........particularly if fox, squirrel, rat or crow makes off with them! I don't think chicken have much sense of taste - mine used to enjoy left over curry.
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Post by Hen-Gen » 08 Jun 2015, 10:12

Nest boxes need to be dark both to attract the hens to lay in them and to prevent egg eating. Try pinning black bin bags to the tops of the boxes and hanging half way down the fronts. The hens will be able to push their way in but it will make the interior of the boxes darker. It worked for me on the one occasion that I had this problem.
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