I am currently feeding Stratch and Peck grower feed and am in love with it. I feed OS and grit free choice and give regular (3-4x weekly) leafy greens in addition to scrambled eggs, mealworms, scratch, feather grower pellets and whatever makes its way into the treat bucket.
My chickens are 31 weeks old and only my lil easter egger bantam has started laying eggs (as of last week at 30 weeks and 5 days). I have two more that are squatting and seem on verge of laying but with the short days and unpredictable weather... who knows really?
I am about to order my feed but am torn between going for the grower feed with its higher protein vs the layer with its higher calcium. What should I be ordering? It is hard to decide considering not all my pullets have started laying but I don't want to risk hurting my EE's health by "shorting" her of calcium nor do I want to hurt my pullets by overfeeding calcium.
Can I get away with free choice feeding OS and continue giving the grower?
Once all the girls start laying, can I continue to feed grower and supplement with OS on side or is it necessary to switch them to layer to maximize their health?
Sorry if these questions have been answered. I feel really stupid for asking but I just keep getting conflicting informatiom and want to make sure before I order the feed. Thanks for the help!