TExasmamma If your feeding chicks and laying hens I'd go with the grower feed .
The feed store let me buy a 19% feed for everyone. I hope that's ok. I have them in separate coops right now.
Layer feed has extra calcium in it for the egg shells but is not good for chicks before 18-20 weeks, its hard on their kidneys. The grower feed is usually about 20% protein and is great for growing chicks and will also help your girls that are molting to grow back feathers faster.
I think they just have no feathers because of the picking. :(
I seem to always have some chicks growing out so I just feed everybody grower with oyster shell on the side.
What do you put the oyster shell in? They dump everything I put into the pen.
The layers that need it will eat it and the chicks will ignore it. This way I don't have to worry about who's eating what and it seems like I get a few more eggs with the girls on higher protein.
Also just so you know 4 year old hens are probably not going to lay very well if at all.
Well aware. I did not know how old they were when I agreed to take them. We did get one ancient looking egg today.