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I feed my hens mixed corn e.g. wheat, maize, sunflower seeds,

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I feed my hens mixed corn e.g. wheat, maize, sunflower seeds, soya oil, limestone flour and molasses. Is this too rich for them? They get a lot of sour crop. They have fresh wood shavings on their shelves every day and they live in hygienic conditions.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. To answer you directly, "I can't know". When a commercial balanced feed doesn't constitute the bulk of a chicken's diet, the nutritional value of what they're eating has to be determined by a veterinary nutritionist - an expensive and unnecessary process. If you're having too much sour crop appear it would be prudent to eliminate all "extras", feed a commercial balanced feed and allow free-ranging unless there's "long, lush, springy" grass available in that field. Please see here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.htmlNone of the ingredients you mentioned are harmful and may turn out to be an excellent mix for your hens. I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow me to speak to customers by phone in this venue. Please stay in this conversation if you wish.
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