14.5 wk old pullets/rooster....too early for layer pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenbike, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. chickenbike

    chickenbike Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 3 hens and 1 rooster who are now 14.5 weeks old. I have about 2 weeks worth of pullet grower feed left. This would put them around 16.5 weeks. Is that too early to transition to layer pellets?

    My farmer supply store only sells the large bags of feed, so if I buy more grower, I will have leftovers. Could I keep mixing in the leftover grower, even after 18-20 weeks when they start laying? Or should they strictly be on layer food only (once they start laying)?

    I'm not being cheap as I don't mind buying more grower feed, it's just that I will only need it for 2-3 weeks and it seems a shame to waste the leftovers?
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2008
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Don't put them on layer until they start laying.

    They can't process the extra calcium and it can be deposited in the liver causing long term damage.

    Buy another bag of grower, then just mix it with layer when they start laying and there won't be any waste.
  3. chickenbike

    chickenbike Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll grab another bag of grower then. I had them on mash grower, and maybe I'll get grower pellets and use the remaining grower mash I have, to transition them over to pellets. Thanks for your help!

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