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Beggining Layer Feed

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I have one girl who's getting about ready to lay at 4 1/2 months so it's time to switch her onto layer feed and pump some extra calcium into her, but my other pullets aren't quite there yet. I have two that are coming up on three and four months, and I don't want to mess with their health. Would it be okay to go ahead and make the switch from grower, or do I need to wait? They all eat from the same feeder together and I'm not sure how I would seperate them if I really have to.
Three dogs, one rabbit, a ton of fish, and five pullets: one Welsummer/Production Red mix, two Easter Eggers, one Black Sexlink, and a White Old English Game Bantam.
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Three dogs, one rabbit, a ton of fish, and five pullets: one Welsummer/Production Red mix, two Easter Eggers, one Black Sexlink, and a White Old English Game Bantam.
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post #2 of 4
Always switch based on the age of the youngest bird in the flock. I would wait until your 12 week olds are at least 16 weeks.

Grower alone for a period of time won't hurt an older bird but calcium-laden layer feeds can injure younger fowl's kidneys.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #3 of 4
I recommend that you put out crushed oyster shells now.....i understand that only needing the extra calcium will eat it.
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Okay, thank you for the tips. I'll stick with grower and oyster shells until mid October and then make the transition- hopefully more of my girls will be ready to lay by then.
Three dogs, one rabbit, a ton of fish, and five pullets: one Welsummer/Production Red mix, two Easter Eggers, one Black Sexlink, and a White Old English Game Bantam.
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Three dogs, one rabbit, a ton of fish, and five pullets: one Welsummer/Production Red mix, two Easter Eggers, one Black Sexlink, and a White Old English Game Bantam.
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