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QUESTION
I would like to try to induce molt my small flock of 14 month-old laying hens this fall. I have a source of wheat middlings to feed, but so far have not had any luck finding a vitamin/mineral supplement to add. All the feed stores around here carry premixes that are meant to be added to one ton of feed (most are 10lbs premix/one ton feed). Some of the premixes have soybean meal in them too. Fertrell carries a premix that is 60lbs/one ton, but I don't need a 60lb bag of premix.

Is there someone who makes a vitamin/mineral supplement for poultry that can be top dressed to make it easier to feed to a small number of birds?

Also, during the molt period, should oystershell be made available or not?


ANSWER

Most feed mixes are for 1 ton of feed. You can buy a bag and calculate how much to add per pound. Don't think anyone makes premixes in smaller amounts. Do not add oyster shell during the molt. Also, you could mix about half and half wheat midds with ground corn and be ok as well.

Ken Koelkebeck Extension Specialist, Poultry







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