Backyard Poultry

Free Range Backyard Chickens, the Responsible Way

Flock Management : Layer Nutrition

Patrick Biggs, Ph.D.

Nutritionist, Companion Animal Technical Solutions

Raising chickens for eggs is a great way to produce sustainable food for you and your family. It’s an amazing feeling to have one less item on your grocery list. Plus, backyard chickens can work wonders for lawns and gardens.

Chickens provide high-quality fertilizer, aerate the soil and snack on pesky insects. Let them roam and they’ll reward you for it. And don’t worry about yard size. Backyard flocks come in all shapes and sizes. No matter how much backyard space you have or the climate you live in, nothing should hold you back from giving your chickens a free-range diet they love.

Get your girls chirping with Purina® Layena® High Protein layer feed – a balanced and complete layer feed that provides 19% protein to support your hens’ active lifestyle and egg production. Each pellet contains black soldier fly larvae, grains and other protein sources. Plus, we included our exclusive Oyster Strong® System, a unique blend of oyster shell, vitamin D, and manganese required for strong shells and healthy hens.

A breakthrough in sustainable protein

Text, calendarDescription automatically generatedBlack soldier fly larvae has intrigued scientists for decades, thanks to the insect’s ability to efficiently reclaim nutrients from once forgotten waste and transform them into high-quality protein. As these larvae grow into pupae—their final adult stage—they feed on recycled grains and other waste, increasing their weight by a factor of 10,000. They grow quickly!

That kind of rapid growth reduces the amount of space and time needed to generate large amounts of protein. Consider this: One acre of land (43,560 square feet) can yield about 1,500 pounds of soy in one year. It takes only 65 square feet to produce the same amount of black soldier fly larvae in one year.
The innovative use of insect protein allows Purina to deliver resource-minded backyard chicken owners a nutritious layer feed.

Well-rounded chicken feed your flock will love

The chicken feed you provide your birds should contain all the nutrients they need to stay healthy and lay high-quality eggs.

Purina® Layena® High Protein Layer Feed is made with grains and insect protein that mimic a free-range diet for every laying hen – whether they roam in the yard or not. The feed’s well-rounded formula supports digestive health, bird immunity, feather coloring and yolk vibrancy.

Layena® High Protein Layer Feed:
  • Is a complete chicken feed for both hens that free range and those that don’t
  • Includes all the nutrients hens need to lay their best eggs – no need to supplement
  • Combines ground grains and black soldier fly larvae to meet the nutrient demands of your flock
  • Has no added antibiotics or hormones
  • Requires less land per pound of protein than other common protein sources
  • Includes targeted amino acids, antioxidants, essential minerals, prebiotics and probiotics
  • Contains Purina’s exclusive Oyster Strong® System to ensure your laying hens achieve a consistent supply of calcium through a blend of oyster shell, vitamin D and manganese. These three ingredients work together to help your chickens produce strong-shelled, delicious eggs each day.

Cracking the code for stronger shells

For years, many chicken raisers have fed oyster shells in addition to their layer feed. Oyster shells or larger particle calcium allows the hen to use that source of calcium for longer periods of time so she doesn’t have to rely solely on her body stores of calcium to make strong eggshells. This helps to keep the hen’s bones stronger. With Purina® layer feeds, it’s all in one bag.

The Oyster Strong® System utilizes larger particles of oyster shell to provide a slow and steady release of calcium during the night when hens are forming eggshells. Vitamin D is like the taxi that gets the calcium into your hen’s bloodstream where it’s needed, while manganese helps strengthen and create the structure of the egg. The Oyster Strong® System brings all three nutrients together to help your hens make strong, healthy eggshells.

The best chicken feed for your backyard chickens

Purina® Layena® HIgh Protein Layer Feed gives your chickens the free-range diet they deserve, no matter where you’re located or how much room they have to roam. And it’s produced with a sustainable protein source, just like the eggs that come from your backyard flock. After all, that’s what raising your own chickens is all about, right?

Ready to try Purina® Layena® High Protein with your flock? Sign up for the Feed Greatness® Challenge.