Poor Sandy, she is usually good at picking up of problems like two hens in a nest or hens that are not perching etc but she was complaining today that its just too complicated! So lets take a look at it.
Breeding Season Feed:
I feed L'Avian Plus Seed to which I add about a 1/3 more of Straight canary. To about 10 lbs the mixture of the two, I add one cup fortified wheat germ oil (horse product). After a day or two I add an additional 40 lbs or the two seed blend. This is feed to all cages till the end of breeding season when I will stop coating it with oil.
Feed Mineral Supplement:
All hens in the aviary have a dish of mineral grit feed free choice. This season I am trying the Higgins one and in the past have used the ABBA Mineral. Egg shell quality is good but the hens did eat more of the ABBA Mineral so will place an order today for the ABBA Mineral.
Periodically Natural vitamineral is added to the egg food. (she hates that word periodically or as needed!)
Hemp seed (hulled) is feed free choice in a separate dish to all sitting hens and those feeding chicks.
Feed to lagging cocks several times a week other cocks once a week.
Unlimited untreated grass seed or Blatners Finch Mix.
Thin Cocks or Hens:
Dishes of uncooked porridge oatmeal and sunflower chips (hulled pieces).
What she says is really driving her crazy is not this part of it but the water routine which I will cover in Part 2.