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My 12 four week old chicks have gone through almost 50 # of chick starter already!! should I buy another bag of the same or switch to grower feed??

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Personally we keep ours on starter untill 6-8 weeks. We introduce grit at 1 week and 5 way scratch at 4 weeks. Just my 2 cents

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Either would work.  Some folks prefer to switch to a slightly lower level of protein to "slow down" muscle development, allowing skeletal growth to keep up.  Others, stay on a high 20% protein right through point of lay.  I've seen all the data and I still don't know for certain which way is best.  Flip a quarter I guess.

 

 

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post #4 of 12

The starter/grower we get locally is 18%.

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My starter is 19% and the grower is 15%.

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At only four weeks old I'd keep them on starter until they are at least eight to ten weeks. You can change over then if you want. Personally I keep them on starter until I get the first eggs. One less type of feed to buy and store.
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post #7 of 12

I agree with the other posts.

 

Starter crumbles up to 8 weeks.
Starter/Grower, (until I get my first egg).
or
Grower Crumbles or pellets from 8 weeks until you get your first egg.
Layer from first egg on.

 

Now I put my chicks on 22% protein poultry pellets when they are around 12 weeks old.  If I have any starter/grower left, I mix it with the layer until it's gone. I haven't had any problems with my girls laying.

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post #8 of 12

I have 5 1 month and 2 week old chicks, am i supposed to be feeding them grit now?

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The chickdren/chicken~children: 3 pekins, 3 polish, 1 slw, 1 orpington, 1 cukoo maran. 

And many more to come i think, as i want sooo many!!! 

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The chickdren/chicken~children: 3 pekins, 3 polish, 1 slw, 1 orpington, 1 cukoo maran. 

And many more to come i think, as i want sooo many!!! 

And a good chicken day to you!! 

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post #9 of 12

we start adding chick grit @ 2 weeks old to the crumble.

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Flock rebuilding chickens needed: RIR, NHR, Barred Rock, Silkies, Jersey Giants, Black Copper & Cuckoo Marans,Black Australorps, Dominique, andelusions, rhodebars, legbars, meaties, mutts, bantams. None refused
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Flock rebuilding chickens needed: RIR, NHR, Barred Rock, Silkies, Jersey Giants, Black Copper & Cuckoo Marans,Black Australorps, Dominique, andelusions, rhodebars, legbars, meaties, mutts, bantams. None refused
...

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post #10 of 12

I have been mixing in a little grit with the starter grower since my chicks were about 3 weeks olds. They are now about 6 weeks old. I don't know if I am giving them the right amount.  How much is the right amount for 10 chickens at this age?  I have a mixture of Rocks and Black Australorps.

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