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When do I stop feeding my chickens chick starter.....

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When do I need to stop feeding my chickens chick starter? They're 5 1/2 weeks old now. Also, instead of oyster shells, can I feed them mussel shells? We live by the Kentucky Lake and there are PLENTY of mussel shells. When do I need to feed them oyster,or mussel shells??

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Owning,
1 lab liberty, 1 cat lady jane grey, 4 kittensivanhoe,rowhena,may,meetoo, 15 chickens margret,Ileen,dove,lucy,murray,clooney,pet,patty,guineas, 3 snails chico,harpo,groucho, 2 hermit crabsclick and clack, phantom mouse, 2 show bunniessir richard,fancy, a soontohave cow supper, a wannahave horse, and a most beautiful wipperwill......wipperwill  GO BLUEGRASS! 
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post #2 of 7

Some people say to stop feeding starter at 16 weeks
Others say keep them on starter till you see their first egg
Either way you do not need to give them oyster shell untill they start laying as it is a calcium suppliment to make the shells stronger.

post #3 of 7

Its not so much when do you stop giving them starter, as when do you start giving them layer feed.

The layer feed has extra calcium that the chicks do not need, it is bad for their kidneys.

You should not start giving them layer feed until they are at least 16 weeks old.

post #4 of 7

I always thought you switched from Starter -> Grower -> Layer. or even Starter -> General -> Layer.

Anything to get them off of these blasted crumbles.. There's soooooo much waste with it and starter ONLY comes in crumbles.

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post #5 of 7

If seperate starter and grower are available in your area, you can switch them from the starter to the grower at 6 to 8 weeks and then feed the grower until 18 to 20 weeks or when you get your first egg; whichever comes first.
If all that's available is chick starter & grower, then you can feed that until 18 to 20 weeks and then switch over to layer. 
All we can find here is starter/grower, so that's what I fed until I got my first egg @ 19 weeks.  Then they went on layer pellets with oyster shell offered on the side.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #6 of 7

Sweet.. Thanks for the info. We've got the whole range available here.. Starter, Grower, General and Layer.

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post #7 of 7

Yeah, in my area they only sell grower and starter feed so it was wonderful for you to mention that gritsar, thank you.I'm pretty sure it also says the time on the bag of chick feed too.

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