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I've been feed my leghorns dumor chick starter/grower. When should I switch to the regular feed? Thanks.
Edited by mattv1984 - 4/10/16 at 5:28pm
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Anywhere between 16-20 weeks. Also that is when you are able to start the oyster shells/ egg shells for calcium & regular grit.

new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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Thanks
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Your welcome. I hope they continue to do good:D I have the same feeder waterer from the dumor brooder kit. Do they dump it over? It seems so flimsy, I'll only use while in brooder but put in coop run area as extras if they don't knock it over.

new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

Reply
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If you are going to progress to layer ration you should wait until they are at least 18 weeks of age or the majority of the group is actively laying - until then the grower ration with oyster shell is more than sufficient to support production for any birds who do start laying.  You don't *have* to switch to layer at any point - many prefer the increased protein content of grower over the lower protein of layer ration and feed only grower to all their birds at all times - this is also helpful for any mixed flocks where due to age, gender, broodiness, etc some birds may not be able to process the excess calcium in layer rations.

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