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10 week old chicks eating egg layer food?

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is it bad or ok or what for 10 week old chicks eating egg layer pellets? i just introduced chicks to the origional flock, they like to eat the egg layer pellets am i gonna get early eggs? or should i stop them some how?

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I started mine at 9 weeks 2 weeks ago. Nothin wrong with mine...

4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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oh i am so glad you asked this i am wondering about it too!pop

Happy mother, 1 beautiful husband, three amazing boys 7,8,10 and two wonderful girls 18,10. A playful Pitt Bull girl(Pie), 1Bearded Dragon (Chicken), and four lovely chickens, 1Barred Rock(Amelia), 1RIR(Volcano) 1 Buff orpington (Marigold)  and 1 Blue Andalusian (Snuggles)! and a house turkey named Firkee!

 
 
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Happy mother, 1 beautiful husband, three amazing boys 7,8,10 and two wonderful girls 18,10. A playful Pitt Bull girl(Pie), 1Bearded Dragon (Chicken), and four lovely chickens, 1Barred Rock(Amelia), 1RIR(Volcano) 1 Buff orpington (Marigold)  and 1 Blue Andalusian (Snuggles)! and a house turkey named Firkee!

 
 
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It's really best to wait to give layer feed to pullets until they are closer to laying, which is generally (depending on breed) 18 to 26 weeks of age. 

Too much calcium can damage growing chickens.  It builds up in their livers (or other organs) because they're not producing eggs yet, and is not good for them at all.   You won't see any adverse effects until later. 

The best thing to do is give them a flock raiser, "grower" or all purpose type chicken feed, until you change them to layer feed when, #1 they reach 18 weeks of age or so, OR #2 - they start to lay eggs. 

If you wish, you can continue to feed "starter/grower" until then (although it's more expensive than general purpose feed).

Because I have layers AND young chickens, I stopped feeding layer feed and changed to all purpose feed, then put oyster shell out for the laying hens to eat "free choice."  I just put oyster shell flakes in an empty tun can, nailed to the inside coop wall, near the feeder.


Edited by gryeyes - 6/10/10 at 7:08pm

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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Ok so if I have a roo and some hens, can I give them same layer pellets when the hens starts to lay eggs? What about the roo? roll

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A high calcium diet is needed by laying hens for eggshells. Those birds that aren't making eggshells daily, don't need all that calcium and must void it from their bodies after digestion of the feed.

Non-laying adult birds can deal with the layer feed's excess better than chicks. "It is also interesting to realize that most roosters today are fed high-calcium breeder diets, which provide 4-6x their calcium needs, yet kidney dysfunction is quite rare in these birds." Steve Lesson, Department Animal and Poultry Science/University of Guelph.

The veterinarians at DeKalb Poultry report on health problems juvenile birds experience given a laying hen's diet. Included was a doubled expected mortality throughout life of flock.

Steve

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