Originally Posted by nbenevento
Congratulations on the birds coming Friday!
On another note, no, I do not agree with the person you are getting them from. The 6 week olds should not be getting layer feed. You would be better off feeding them all grower feed and putting a cup or something of oyster shell. Your chicks won't mess with it more than once and it will provide the layers with the calcium they need.
Also, are the 6 week old chicks ALREADY housed with these larger laying hens? If not, that will be an issue as well. 6 week olds are too small to be thrown in with adult hens unless they hatched them out or were previously adjusted to each other in some way. It could lead to death of the young ones if they can't defend themselves. I'm not trying to be a party pooper but I don't want to see a post from you written through tears on Saturday. Since I have been following your progress on the coop, I know that it probably is not large enough for that age difference to be together. This is all assuming that the 6 week olds are not abnormally large.
I hope all this helps. Good luck!
These are the very concerns I raised as well.
I really could use your advice around this.
He said that since I don't have chickens already that the 4 new birds would find a way to live together much easier than if I was adding 6 wk olds to existing residents
He said they could eat layer pellet
I think the grower feed has more protein in it......
the layer feed / pellets has stuff in it to help with egg production
I can offer oyster shell separate ----that is not a problem ----as long as it doesn't harm the 6 wk olds.........
I was considering keeping the 6wk olds in the dog crate/cage inside the run area so that they could be close by but still with some protection..............but would that increase problems or???
I could add a board for a roof to the dog cage and a roosting bar..................but now I don't know what to believe.
I don't want any little birds getting severely hurt!
Please share you views................ I wish the seller was less controversial on this..............but he does raise quite a lot of chickens.....................