Originally Posted by Chicken girl 15
1) are you keeping only hens or are you keeping the boys to? If only layers then you can feed layer pellets if boys as well then grower feed with oyster shell on the side. The egg shell alone won't have enough calcium if there isn't a supplement to put calcium in it to begin.
Determine pullets from cockerels depending on breed. Some are "auto sexing" some you can't tell until they crow or lay.
As for grit it's a matter of opinion. Some start chick grit at 2 weeks and some start chick grit as soon as the chicks eat snacks . Mine all have outside access and always have. IMO grit is more nesacery for the "coop" kept birds . Some say no matter how much time they spend outside they still need grit available at all times in its own feeder.
So what breeds do you have and when are you posting us pictures?
I'll take better photos tomorrow. I will probably keep the boys, as long as they aren't too aggressive. There's only 1 that I think for sure is a boy for right now, the farm manager at Runnings did a great job getting me all the ladies. My friends want to bring their kids over and I don't want them getting terrorized.
So, oyster shells, check. I'll get my friends or non allergic family to handle that then, lol.
I was figuring on giving them some dirt and grass bits from the yard in the morning, there's probably some teeny grit in the garden dirt.
So, the current head count is 16. 5 ISA brown pullets, 1 ISA brown boy (? not familiar with all the terms yet), 3 dixie rainbows and 7 RIR pullets. I must admit, I'm a little nervous with some of the RIR's, theres 2 that are small, 1 is tiny! Eating and taking lots of water with ACV, so thats a good sign I guess. *squeee! they're all so cute!*
And they love the "toys". Balancing on TP rolls/pill bottles. It's hilarious.
Edited by nposluszny - 3/25/16 at 6:11pm