1. Cats Critters
    People are always wondering when to change feed so here are some charts off the feed bags. If you want to add other types of feed to the chart just PM me
    Dumor
    All the names on the chart will have Dumor in front of them on the bag.

    Species
    0-6
    7-10
    10-12
    12-18
    18+
    Chickens
    Chick Starter/Grower 20%
    _
    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    _
    Poultry Layer 16%
    Ducks
    Chick Starter/Grower 20%
    _

    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    _
    Poultry Layer 16%
    Geese
    Chick Starter/Grower 20%
    _

    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    _
    Poultry Layer 16%
    Turkeys
    Chick 24%
    Chick Starter/Grower 20%
    _
    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    Poultry Layer 16%
    Quail
    Chick 24%

    Chick Starter/Grower
    20%
    _

    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    Poultry Layer 16%
    Pheasant
    Chick 24%
    Chick Starter/Grower 20%
    _
    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    Poultry Layer 16%
    Chukar
    Chick 24%
    Chick Starter/Grower
    _
    Poultry Grower/Finisher 15%
    Poultry Layer 16%




    Purina
    All but the Game Bird Chow are SunFresh Recipe.
    1-10 10-18 18-

    Free-range and confined chickens:
    Backyard egg producers
    small-medium breeds
    Fancy and exotic breeds


    Start & Grow
    _ Layena

    Free-range and confined chickens, ducks and geese:
    Backyard flock
    Meat birds
    Medium to heavy breeds


    Flock Raiser
    _ Layena

    Free-range and confined Turkeys

    Game Bird Chow
    Startena
    Flock Raiser
    Layena
    Grit- is rock or sand used to help grind up food (kind of like our stomach) If you are only feeding them feed they won't need it but if you are giving them treats you can just put a bowl of it out for them and they will take what they need (free choice).
    Oyster Shells- ground/crushed up oyster shells feed to hens to make strong egg shells, also can feed back crushed egg shells (for more info do a search), like grit give it free choice.
    Scratch- a mix of grains including corn, a treat recomended in winter for added calories, for warmth.
    Mixed Group feeding-Feed to the youngest group. Broody hen with chicks feed the baby food, etc..
    Treats- See this chart Treats Chart By:Buff Hooligans
    Note: If you run out of feed a week or so before a change in feed go ahead and change it to the new feed and don't worry about it.(Thanks Puck- Puck for reminding me about this)

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  1. Backyard Barn
    Cats Critters thank you!! That's a great idea!
  2. Cats Critters
    Backyard Barn, I think they will be fine on grower feed for two more weeks, if you are worried you could buy the grower feed and mix the two until the old feed is used up. That way you use up the feed but you are sure the are getting everything they need.
  3. Backyard Barn
    I have 4 eight week old pullets and 3 twelve week old pullets.. I bought a 40 pound sack of medicated starter crumbles and then read I should have switched them to 'grower feed' this week. Will it hurt my girls if I feed them the starter for two more weeks? They free range the backyard during the day and I supplement them with canned tuna, flax meal, steel cut oats, fresh vegies and cooked carrots. Is protein the biggest difference? Should I not give them tuna and shredded beef until I switch to grower feed? Physical description ==> My eight week old pullets I have had since day 2 and they are huge girls. Tall, shiny feathers, but not fat. The 12 week old pullets came home at 8 weeks and have more than doubled in size and now have shiny fluffy feathers. They are all about the same size now. Thank you for reading...
  4. Cats Critters
    3963jem, I let my birds have food avalible all day, so I'm not really sure how much they need.
    Mr MKK FARMS, Thanks!
    Annasg, I would consider cracked corn a treat and if they don't free range (most will pick up their own grit while free ranging) I would provide grit. With regular feed it's made to not need grit in their diets. But most extras should be feed with grit avalible.
  5. Annasg
    If I am feeding my laying hens cracked corn, do I still need to feed then grit?
  6. 3963jem
    The chickens and our one white duck are doing good. Somedays they aren't eating all of their morning feed. There is snow in the yard and they seem to like free-ranging in it. I just leave the coop yard open and close our door to go in the coop, and they are acting like they always have. I sure enjoy raising my chicken and one duck.
  7. Mr MKK FARMS
  8. 3963jem
    I feed them with an old fashioned white cook pan, don't know size but scoop up about three 12 oz? sour cream cups. Please reply to my request. I just starting having chickens this spring. I know the eggs are really rich and my co-workers comment on how good they are.
  9. 3963jem
    How much of the feed per chicken? I have 15 laying hens and 1 duck. I know I feed them a couple times a day, and they are free range. But would like to know that I am feeding them enough. We have woods around us, so they are always turning over leaving and such, plus the food.

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