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feeding mixed age groups?

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Hello, I currently own two 8month old cockerel's, an 8 month old pullet, and then six, 3 month old pullets. The youngest group I got during the summer, and the first this past spring. I've always used the charts and guides listed on the bags of feed to help ensure the chicks are getting the proper feed according to their growth and development. However, after introducing the second group in with the first, I became unsure as to whether I should feed them the layers ration since the 8 month old pullet has been laying for about 4 months and required this type of feed. I decided against feeding them this and have begun feeding both groups the finisher grower feed that is needed to ensure proper nutrition for the 3 month old pullets. The question I have now is, will this affect my already laying hen in anyway?

post #2 of 4
I would continue to feed grower and also make sure you provide free choice a dish of oyster shells for your laying hen, she will eat them as she needs to.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 4
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Thanks. I was actually looking into this. I remember reading about it somewhere.

post #4 of 4
Laying ration doesn't help them lay, it just provides more calcium and less protein, you could also feed an all flock ration, even with feeding a layer it's best to provide free choice oyster shells and of course grit.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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