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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

1 buff Orpington, 1 red star, 3 mixes, 1 Colombian Wyandotte, 1 ameraucana roo, 3 ameraucana hens, 6 mixed chicks, 2pekin ducks, and 1 Rouen duck. Named in order Lucy, Lucky, Esther, Saoirse, Eleanor, Henry, Martha, Becky, Carolyn, the chicks aren't named, Daisy , lemon, and Ping-Ping
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1 buff Orpington, 1 red star, 3 mixes, 1 Colombian Wyandotte, 1 ameraucana roo, 3 ameraucana hens, 6 mixed chicks, 2pekin ducks, and 1 Rouen duck. Named in order Lucy, Lucky, Esther, Saoirse, Eleanor, Henry, Martha, Becky, Carolyn, the chicks aren't named, Daisy , lemon, and Ping-Ping
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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, Brahma, Cochin, Rosecomb, and Plymouth Rock bantams.

 

RIR, BR, EEs, GP Hamburg, Ancona, Wheaten/Blue/Splash Marans, Spitzhauben, OE, Speckled Sussex, and Salmon Faverolle

 

Six guineas making a racket dawn to dusk.

 

I just can't get on the "roo" bandwagon...

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahma, Cochin, Rosecomb, and Plymouth Rock bantams.

 

RIR, BR, EEs, GP Hamburg, Ancona, Wheaten/Blue/Splash Marans, Spitzhauben, OE, Speckled Sussex, and Salmon Faverolle

 

Six guineas making a racket dawn to dusk.

 

I just can't get on the "roo" bandwagon...

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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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