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When can I feed my chicks the layer pellet feed?

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I have 6 chicks who are inbetween 2 months and a little over 3 months. 4 are girls and 2 are boys. At what age can they start eating the layer pellet and game bird crumble feeds? Please let me know. This is the only thing holding me back from putting them with the rest of my adult flock. They need to move out soon because we have a younger batch who, in a few weeks, will have to move into where I have my 2-3 1/2 month olds are now. Again, please let me know at what age my chicks can start eating the layer pellet and game bird crumble feeds?

A mother to 3 bantam hens, 1 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Rhode Island Red roo, 3 NH hens, 3 Ameraucana hens, 1 Barred Rock roo, 1 Wyndotte roo, 1 unknown? roo, 1 unknown? hen, 2 red frizzle roos, 2 red hens, 4 buff cochin hens, 2 buff roos, 1 blue cochin roo, and 3 blue cochin hens. 29 in all! CHICKENS ARE AWESOME!!
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A mother to 3 bantam hens, 1 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Rhode Island Red roo, 3 NH hens, 3 Ameraucana hens, 1 Barred Rock roo, 1 Wyndotte roo, 1 unknown? roo, 1 unknown? hen, 2 red frizzle roos, 2 red hens, 4 buff cochin hens, 2 buff roos, 1 blue cochin roo, and 3 blue cochin hens. 29 in all! CHICKENS ARE AWESOME!!
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post #2 of 6

I use medicated Starter crumbles up to 8 weeks.
Grower Crumbles or pellets from 8 weeks until you get your first egg.
Layer from first egg on.

If I use medicated Starter/Grower I feed it to the birds until I get my first egg then I switch over to Layer. If I have any Starter/Grower or Grower left over when I get my first egg, I mix in the leftover feed with the Layer feed. I have never had any problems. The medication in medicated Starter/Grower crumbles is sulfa based and only helps the chicks in developing their immunity to cocci. There is only a problem eating the eggs layed by the birds that have had the medicated feed when they start to lay if you have any alergies to Sulfa.

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HEY LOOK!!! ---> UPCOMING FLORIDA Swaps/Sales/Shows/Events

---> Florida Fair Schedule 2013/2014 and  FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!

Heritage Rhode Island Reds, Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds

Member of the American Poultry Association &

Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

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post #3 of 6

I knew I needed to switch the girls over to layer feed after the first egg but didn't know that you could switch to plain grower crumbles before that.  Right now my girls are 12 weeks old and have been outdoors for about a month now.  I have them on the medicated starter crumbles... so then I guess at this point they don't need the medicated?  Please advise~ 

Thank you!!
Susan

1 lovely husband, two red Dobies, 2 cats, several Satin rabbits, 5 Buff Orpington, 1 Australorp hen and "The Jeffery's" Ricky Bobby and Cal Jr.
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1 lovely husband, two red Dobies, 2 cats, several Satin rabbits, 5 Buff Orpington, 1 Australorp hen and "The Jeffery's" Ricky Bobby and Cal Jr.
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post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by cmom 

Grower Crumbles or pellets from 8 weeks until you get your first egg.


Does that mean that I can't move them in with my adult flock because of that?

A mother to 3 bantam hens, 1 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Rhode Island Red roo, 3 NH hens, 3 Ameraucana hens, 1 Barred Rock roo, 1 Wyndotte roo, 1 unknown? roo, 1 unknown? hen, 2 red frizzle roos, 2 red hens, 4 buff cochin hens, 2 buff roos, 1 blue cochin roo, and 3 blue cochin hens. 29 in all! CHICKENS ARE AWESOME!!
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A mother to 3 bantam hens, 1 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Rhode Island Red roo, 3 NH hens, 3 Ameraucana hens, 1 Barred Rock roo, 1 Wyndotte roo, 1 unknown? roo, 1 unknown? hen, 2 red frizzle roos, 2 red hens, 4 buff cochin hens, 2 buff roos, 1 blue cochin roo, and 3 blue cochin hens. 29 in all! CHICKENS ARE AWESOME!!
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post #5 of 6

I've always left mine on medicated starter/grower til they are at point of lay and about the same size as the adults so they can defend themselves in the henhouse.  Adult chickens can and will starve out a younger pullet or cockeral. I also make sure there are 2 feeders and 2 waterers just so things like that can't happen.

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Smith/Giles "project" Lavender Orpingtons, Spring of 2012 Part English "project" Lavenders , Part English BBS Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons and Bantam Light Brahmas.  Follow me down the yellow brick road!!! 

I'm holding out for the gold star !!!!   

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post #6 of 6

My RIR pullets are 14 weeks old and starting to get red on there comb.  I feed them grower/finisher feed, left overs and greens.  I am going to wait until i get the first eggs to switch them over to layer feed.

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