20 week old pullets seem small. HELP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Namble, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 33 20 week old pullets that seem way underweight. I am feeding them chick starter/grower until they start laying. Am I not feeding them enough or something?
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2009
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Chick starter is only for the first 0-8 weeks. I would put them on Gamebird feed 22-28%, you will see a big difference. Give them free choice, do not limit how much they eat. They will not over eat.
     
  3. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

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    Quote:Game bird feed...interesting. Thank you for the tip.
     
  4. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Game feed is for chicken? I thought it was for doves or something?
     
  5. scott in ohio

    scott in ohio Out Of The Brooder

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    Like everyone said, starter feed is finely crumbled mash with 25% protein. Get a laying mash for your birds if they are layers. Laying mash has about 16% protein, 3% fat, 6% fiber, 4% calcium, Mathionine, Lysine and Vitamins A and D Make sure the Lysine is over0.6%
     

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