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what age for laying pellet feed??

post #1 of 11
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I have some 'teenager' chicks that are fully feathered & growing, I was curious when I can allow them to eat 'big' chicken food ( as in laying pellet).  They're still eating chick feed & they get a little scratch every once in awhile.  I've estimated that they're it least 6 weeks old ( my pair of BB's is it least 8-9 weeks old).

I'm just anxious to have ONE waterer & ONE feeder ( & ONE COOP!) !! haha. also anxious to get the teenagers socialized with the older girls.


ok, maybe I got ahead of myself - do I just have to wait til they start laying? then i can start with the laying pellet?

post #2 of 11

Yes, wait for them to start laying, DEFINITELY.  The calcium in layer pellets can cause irreversible kidney damage and kill chicks before they're ready for it.  I think 20 weeks? is what Storey's recommends for starting layer pellets.  Two feeders and two enclosures is a pain, for sure, but it's better than sick or dead birds!

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post #3 of 11

You should start layer rations at 20 weeks, but they may not be laying eggs yet. Depends on what breed you have some start laying earilier than others.

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post #4 of 11

yeah. i started mine on layer around 20 weeks.

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post #5 of 11
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ya i actually have the main pen for the laying girls, the mini coop for the teenagers & I have moma yellow butt & baby truffle & ellie in the tractor.  It's alot of work to keep them all watered & fed!! lol.  but it's worth it!!

post #6 of 11

Yup, 20 weeks. Does anyone else feed grower pellets/crumbles until they are that old? I start w/ chick starter, then grower crumbles, then grower pellets and then layer pellets. I mix in cracked corn, too, (1/2 and 1/2) w/ the grower and the layer pellets. I know cracked corn supposedly makes them fat, but I also live in a very cold climate, and they free-range, so they can use the extra carbs. smile

Edit: I guess it's grower mash, not crumbles. FYI

post #7 of 11

i did the starter, then the grower, then the layer.

and my girls get plenty of cracked corn.
they absolutely love it- and i love the darker yolks. smile

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post #8 of 11

How old do they need to be to get cracked corn and scratch, just out of curiosity?  Mine are 10 days old so I'm betting they're a little young...

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post #9 of 11

Good question, iopele, I don't know. hmm @ I don't add corn until about 8 weeks, when I start the grower. Maybe you can give it to them earlier, but it is kinda hard, so I don't know.

Edit: hey I did find this , though. http://www.geocities.com/KelliAnn293/feedingDetails.htm This says about 6-8 wks. Pretty interesting site, too. My daughter is at Grammies today, I really should be cleaning the house or something, but this is far more interesting. tongue

post #10 of 11

Hey, in my book, playing around online--er, I mean, doing serious research on the 'net, yes, that's it--trumps cleaning house every time.  big_smile

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