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I have 7 chickens that are 16 weeks old, 6 that are 13 weeks old and 2 that are about 8 weeks old. They are together all day and eat their starter / grower out of the same feeders. When the oldest chickens are 18 weeks old, how do I switch them to their layer feed?

post #2 of 7

you can mix the layer feed with the starter and gradually increase the amount of layer feed until it's all layer feed

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 7

If they are all together, keep them on starter/grower until the youngest are ready to lay.  Just put out a dish of oyster shells for the older ones.

post #4 of 7

I was going to post something similar.  It is safe to put out a tray of oyster shells for the older ones if there are younger ones mixed in? I know too much calcium is bad for the kidneys of the younger chickens - but as long as the feed doesn't have the extra calcium and it's put out separately, all will be safe and happy?

 

Thanks

post #5 of 7

Just offer oyster shell on the side instead of layer feed. I feed all my chickens flock raiser right from hatch, and I have a separate container of oyster shell for those who need or want it. I also toss them eggshells.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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post #6 of 7

Thanks everyone for the advice.  We put out the oyster shells and in 3 days shes is back to her egg-laying ways.  She even laid this  MONSTER egg after not laying for a couple days! 

post #7 of 7
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I put out oyster shells and my roosters and younger chickens are eating them too. Is that a problem?

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