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Hi I'm new to backyard chickens and I have a question about feeding when do I stop chick feed and start layer pellets and oyster shells and grit ?
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You start grit when they are eating other  treats rather than their chick feed,  bugs , worms etc.  If they are outdoors they can usually find their own grit from tiny stones and  sand etc.

 

I'm not sure on ages but,  as hens approach point of lay  - they can be put on layer feed with a side container of crushed oyster seed, they  eat as needed.  Roosters and younger chicks can be harmed by the added  calcium in layer feed & oyster shell.. since they don't need it to produce strong egg shells.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - great to have you onboard with us. DD has given you some good advice already, and just to add to that - here's a link that may provide further info.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/891051/the-science-of-feeding-grit-to-poultry

 

All the best

CT

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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