Given broiler growing feed for chicks that will lay
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Typically, grower food (and I'd also assume broiler feed) is higher in protein to promote growth and this is what your chickens should ideally be eating until they begin to lay - only then is layer feed necessary (it contains calcium to help with egg production). Maybe if you look at the ingredients on the bag of broiler feed and compare it to other "grower" feed you should get an idea if its ok - I personally would consider using that type of feed acceptable, but we all have different views.
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The only feed that is actually different beyond protein levels is the layer that contains extra calcium, and excess calcium is not good for growing birds or even birds that are not actively laying and should only be fed to birds that are laying...
If you have mixed flock it's best to feed a normal feed like grower or all flock and then simply offer a side of oyster shells for the laying hens to nibble on as needed, birds are very aware of their calcium needs and will eat what is needed...
Edited by MeepBeep - 3/4/16 at 12:50am