I would bet the same.
Nope...my layer mash doesn't go to mush, more like granola cereal.
They are built like Mack trucks and they have the thickest feather coat I've ever seen on any other breed, so they don't even feel the cold and wet. They are built for winter, sort of like me.
I always think, what's the simplest thing to do or "what would their mama do? (Or what would beekissed do? Haha) If they were free range and wild, they'd be eating pretty "advanced" stuff right away. If I let a hen brood babies, they'd be members of the flock and would just eat along with everyone else. So they get switched to layer feed when they go in with the rest of the flock. That's usually around 6-8 weeks here. I had someone at TSC tell me I "couldn't give a chicken under the age of 6 months anything but starter or grower because of their delicate digestive system." I looked at her like she had two heads because I've seen them eat beetles as soon as they could catch them. Table scraps, scratching through the compost pile, and grazing free range, if they have such a delicate system and will keel over on layer, then I guess they just don't have enough gumption to survive on this farm. I'm not separating pens and building special feeders to segregate the feed because there are new babies. I'll look after like a mother hen if they are getting bullied from the feed bowls, but that's all the help they get from me. I ferment their feed while they are in the brooder feathering out for the current climate and let them at it. I even brood without any heat lamps of I can help it. They certainly aren't as delicate creatures as some treat them. Personal preference for a lot of chicken keeping from what I understand. Of course, I also don't have hundreds of dollars in breeding a pairs of rare breeds, just building a mixed flock of layers.
This post is amusing on many counts....and it's also correct. Chicks eat anything their mamas can find them from hatch onward and they have anything BUT a delicate digestive system. My chicks are out on range at 2 wks with mama~ or without a mama~ and they then eat foraged feeds and whatever the flock eats...layer mash. Been doing it that way for years and years, no birds succumbing to any health issues due to this oh, so indelicate diet.