Originally Posted by ChickNanny13
I read a ratio of 1:1 was being used, helps to start that way & adjust as you go. Finishing up Chick Starter; started end of Oct 2015; think I got few more days of feed (CS) left. Got 2RIRs & 2EEs @ 2wks, they're now 16wks and I love the benefits of FF - no feed waste, less poop, firmer poop & less stinky. I was told to put them on Multi Purpose, since they're short of being 18wks, supplementing with Oyster Shells when they're 18wks until the bag is done, then switch to Egg Maker. I was hoping the CS would last until they made 18wks :( Know I'm short "only" a week but have read NOT start EM until they're 18wks. (just 2 wks away).
Am I on the right track or should I switch them to Egg Maker when I run out to the Chick Starter which will probably be this weekend?
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________AAt the risk of starting an other calcium feud, I'm gonna stick my nose in here: Your birds are so close to POL, (of course there are a lot of factors involved, including breed as well as time of year, day length, etc) that it really doesn't matter if you put them on layer with your next bag, or keep them on grower or multi flock and never switch them to layer. The important thing is: be sure to offer calcium in the form of oyster shell if you DON'T put them on layer. Lots of folks keep their flocks on multi-flock all the time, with OS on the side. The birds will eat as much calcium as they need/want. The reason I don't get upset about the whole calcium before POL issue is this: chickens who free range get LOTS of calcium in the form of insects, mineral from the soil, and plants.
Originally Posted by KuroKitsune
would molasses cause problems in FF? i would like to add some hi grain sweet feed to my FF as something different for one batch...i give sweet feed just as a treat like scratch and they really like it and if the molasses would react weird in FF i'd like to add some to it
also when feeding chicks FF how do you do that...like you have to change it out through out the day or just feed them a couple times a day and i'm wondering how much FF chicks should get at a time know it depends on how many and what age the chicks are but i'd like to have some amount to start with as i have 21 chicks that'll be here in about 8 days and i'd like to start them on FF asap
I start chicks on FF right away. I put out a plop on a piece of cardboard to start, then switch up to appropriate containers as they grow. The important thing is to be sure that you don't use a container that they could get trampled or drown in. When their plop is gone, I just give them an other one. When their container is empty, I give them more.